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How You Can Prevent Tooth Decay

Posted on May 17th, 2016

As dental professionals, there are a few things that we hate to see.

We hate to see tooth decay, and we hate to see gum disease. We know these are potentially the start of much bigger oral health problems if they are not treated correctly.

On the other hand, we also know that these are problems that you can fix with proper preventive care and treatment. This includes your and your family’s oral hygiene habits and routine professional cleanings at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.

It never hurts to remind ourselves and our patients about the basics of preventive dental care. Consider this a quick refresher from our team at Atlanta West Dentistry.

A Solid Foundation

We all know the saying that you need to walk before you can run.

That’s why it is important for every member of your family to understand the basics of proper dental hygiene. This means brushing and flossing your teeth every day.

To do this, you will need the right tools for the job:

  • A soft-bristled toothbrush
  • A fluoride toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • 2-3 minutes of your time

Let’s start with brushing, since the American Dental Association recommends doing this twice every day for two minutes each time.

Parents will want to brush their children’s teeth for them until they are about 3 years old. Around this time, many children want to become more independent, although you may want to observe them to make sure they are brushing right.

Anyone who is brushing his or her own teeth needs a pea-sized nurdle of toothpaste. (Nurdle is the name for that little bit of toothpaste.) No matter what they show in commercials, this is enough toothpaste to clean your teeth.

Be sure to scrub for two minutes, and make sure you get your teeth on all sides. Scrub your tongue when you are finished. Spit out the toothpaste, and rinse your toothbrush.

The ADA also recommends flossing once every day. Use whatever kind of dental floss you prefer. Just make sure you use it daily.

When you floss, you need to hug it around your tooth on both sides and underneath your gums. This is necessary to remove bacteria and plaque from the places that your toothbrush can’t reach.

The Next Level

Good brushing and flossing habits will reduce your risk of tooth decay or periodontal disease. However, it never hurts to have someone else look at your mouth. After all, no one is perfect.

When you visit Atlanta West Dentistry, our dentists and hygienist will give you a professional cleaning and examination.

We may take X-rays as part of your routine care. For children between the ages of 7 and 14, this can be particularly important. We are watching for any changes to the alignment of their teeth.

As your kids lose their primary teeth and their permanent teeth emerge, we want to watch for any problems that could develop so you can be prepared if orthodontic treatment is needed.

We also give your teeth a professional cleaning. This means removing tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. We’ll polish your teeth to help them look their best, too.

During your visit, we will examine your mouth. If we notice cavities or gum disease, we can advise you on the next step to reverse this condition. We also can answer any questions you have about treatment and prevention.

Are You Looking For A Dentist?

One of our favorite parts of dental care is knowing that we are helping people. We love to see patients return for regular visits, but we also get excited about meeting new patients as well.

If you are new to the Marietta, GA, area, we invite you to stop by our dentist office to meet our staff. We think you will find us to be friendly and welcoming.

We also know you may be looking for a new family dentist for other reasons. Maybe your previous dentist wasn’t providing the care that you needed, or maybe your dentist is ready to retire.

Regardless of the reason, we will be happy to provide the comprehensive dental care that you and your family deserve.

We welcome questions about our practice, including our comfort and sedation options for patients who may be anxious about coming to the dentist.

If you want to experience the difference of a full-service dentist office, call Atlanta West Dentistry at (770) 941-6979 or fill out our online form to get started.