Protecting your teeth is the first step to getting a long lasting, beautiful smile of your dreams. Why is preventative care needed? Well, without it, your teeth can become yellowed, fractured, or decayed. Here are a few ways that Dr. Thomas and his team at Jay Thomas protect your smile with preventative care.
What Role Does My Dentist Play in Preventive Care?
Like other things in dentistry, preventive care in a mixture of your effort and your dentist’s. First, for better oral health, you should make a good oral hygiene routine. After you wake-up and before you go to bed, brush your teeth for two minutes. If you use an electric toothbrush, many brands have a built-in time. If you use a manual brush you can set a timer on your phone or listen to your favorite song. What is the next step? Flossing, of course! Remember to floss at least once a day. This rids the hard to get bacteria and acids from between and around your teeth.
Apart from brushing and flossing every day, eating and drinking is also an important part of preventative care. If you eat or drink something sugary, drink water with it. The water can wash away some of the bacteria that sit on your teeth. However, it is always best to brush your teeth if you have a sugar film around or on them. Additionally, smoking also contributes to poor oral health. This can cause a problems ranging from gum disease, tooth loss, and even oral cancer.
What Can I Do to Improve My Smile At Home?
The other piece of the preventative care puzzle is your dentist, Dr. Thomas, and his team. During your bi-yearly cleanings, his team will take away plaque and tartar on your teeth. After you eat, the sugars and starches from foods gather on your tooth and turn into sticky plaque. If you do not brush as much as you should, the plaque will turn into hard tartar. This can also be removed by a hygienist with a special set of tools. Secondly, during your dental visit, your hygienist will polish your teeth which makes them shiny and difficult for new plaque to stick to their surface. This whole process of cleaning your smile is called ‘scaling and polishing’.
Bi-yearly visits are also important for preventative care because they help Dr. Thomas and his dental team spot potential problems in your smile. From cavities to infections, your oral health team can stop disease early before it gets too big. If left untreated oral health problems and cause tooth loss, bone loss, and even overall health concerns. Lastly, Dr. Thomas and his team may put fluoride on your smile or a sealant on your child’s teeth. These natural substances will strengthen your tooth’s outer layer and prevent cavities, decay, and more.
You deserve the smile of your dreams!
Preventative Care is an important part of your oral and overall healthcare. For more information on how you can improve your oral health or plan a visit with Dr. Thomas and his team, call our office at (817)-579-0095, today!