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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is care that helps you maintain good oral health. It’s a combination of regular dental check-ups and developing good hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. Preventive dentistry services typically include:

  • Regular oral exams every 6 months
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Routine X-rays

The best preventive care starts with you. By developing healthy dental habits early in life, you can help reduce cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. The keys to good oral health are:

  • Brush at least twice a day—morning and night—using a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Dr. Johnson can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you. He can also show you how to brush and floss properly.
  • Floss daily to remove food that’s stuck between your teeth before it turns to plaque.
  • Use mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing.
  • Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel.
  • Be careful with hard foods, like candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products that can lead to oral cancer and other dental problems.
  • Use a mouth guard when you participate in contact sports.

If you grind your teeth at night, ask Dr. Johnson about a nighttime mouth guard to protect against tooth damage and gum recession

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