If you have a car or truck, you do maintenance to keep it running as long as you can.
At a minimum, you fill it with gasoline and change the oil as needed. You also should rotate the tires regularly and follow the guidelines recommended by your vehicle manufacturer for replacing parts.
As family dentists, we encourage every patient to follow the proper maintenance procedures for their teeth as well. Unlike your car or truck, you teeth can last a lifetime … but only if you take the time to care for them.
If you want to care for your teeth, then you need to care for your whole mouth. One of the best ways to do that is with preventive cleanings and checkups at Atlanta West Dentistry a couple times every year and by brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
If you live in Marietta, GA, nearby in Smyrna or anywhere in between, call to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists soon if you haven’t already.
Patients who come to Atlanta West Dentistry can count on a few receiving a thorough and professional cleaning.
One of our dentists or hygienists will remove any plaque or bacteria that you may have missed. This will greatly reduce your risk of periodontal disease or cavities.
We also watch for any signs or symptoms of gum disease or tooth decay. If we see anything, we want to act quickly. Next to prevention, early treatment is the best way to deal with any oral health problem.
We recommend that patients visit us a couple times each year, although patients who may have a chronic condition may want to come more frequently.
Routine cleanings should be done in addition to your daily oral hygiene routine.
Think two-by-two to remember to brush for two minutes twice each day. Also, remember that you should floss between your teeth and gums every day.
Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and plaque from different parts of your mouth. Combined, they are an effective way to reduce your risk of many oral health problems.
Always remember that our staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about preventive care.
Next Steps In Prevention
Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist are the foundation for good oral health.
However, there is plenty more that you can do if you are interested.
- Dental sealants are popular, particularly for kids. If you are a parent, then you are probably aware that your children aren’t always interested in eating healthy.
That can cause their teeth to be more vulnerable to tooth decay, and their molars are the teeth that are most likely to develop cavities.
One way to reduce that risk is by creating a barrier between those teeth and the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are that barrier.
Many parents find this a cost-effective way to reduce the risk of cavities (and paying for treating those cavities).
- Fluoride treatments are another great way to keep your teeth healthy. Fluoride is a mineral. When it is applied to your teeth, it can repair and strengthen the enamel on your teeth.
Enamel is the outer layer of teeth, and it is the hardest substance on the human body. Nevertheless, it does get damaged. Fluoride may be able to fix small problems.
- Mouthwashes and gum with xylitol are two more things you can use to remove cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth. Neither of these should be seen as a substitute for brushing, however.
- People who grind and clench their teeth in their sleep may want to ask about our nightguards. These can be worn comfortably while you are asleep, and they can help preserve your teeth by stopping you from grinding your top and bottom rows against one another.
- Are you an athlete? How about your children? If any member of your family participates in high-impact sports and activities, then you should be wearing an athletic mouthguard during every practice and game.
The most comfortable and effective mouthguards are custom-fitted to the wearer’s mouth. We can craft a BIOSTAR mouthguard for you or another member of your family in our office.
This may not prevent accidents, but mouthguards often can reduce the extent of your oral injuries.
Make an appointment today to schedule your next cleaning at our dentist office in Marietta, GA. Don’t forget to ask about our preventive options so you can keep your smile looking its best for decades to come.