Are you plagued by a succession of dental problems? Some of us seem to be born with healthy smiles while others spend hours in the dental chair fixing problems.
But did you know that preventive dentistry at our Wilmington, DE dental office levels the playing field so anyone who wants a healthier smile can achieve it? With prevention, you can avoid many oral health issues that cause discomfort, time missed from work, and dental costs that aren't in your budget.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
More than your oral health is at stake; research has proven a link between chronic oral infections like gum disease and nearly every system in your body. Poor oral health and gum infections have been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Pregnancy complications
And this is just the beginning of the list! Now you can understand that keeping your smile healthy also contributes to your overall health and well-being.
How Preventive Dentistry Fits into Your Life
Prevention is pretty simple, and your dentist helps with services like dental exams and cleanings. But what you do when you’re not with us is equally important. Preventive dentistry is a team effort and includes:
Dental Exams and Teeth Cleanings
Dr. Matthews and Dr. Bayley believe strongly that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We recommend dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Wilmington, DE dental office every six months. If you have gum disease or a history of dental problems, three or four visits may be necessary to keep your smile healthy.
At each dental cleaning, we will check your teeth for cavities, cracks, and wear. You will also receive a thorough gum exam, oral cancer screening, and airway evaluation. Dr. Matthews and Dr. Bayley will provide guidance and answer any questions you have so they can tailor your treatment to fit your needs. The goal is to keep your mouth and your body healthy for many years to come!
We may also recommend dental sealants on healthy teeth with no cavities. A sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to the surface of teeth with rough surfaces and form a barrier against cavity-causing bacteria.
If you or your child participate in any sports, ask us about our custom mouth guards. Most dental injuries are sports-related and can damage your teeth significantly.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing removes plaque and food debris from your teeth to keep them clean and healthy. You can also brush your tongue or invest in a tongue scraper to maintain fresh breath.
Brushing cleans the surface of your teeth, but you need to floss to get rid of plaque and food particles between them. You can also use mouthwash to kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Avoid sugary treats that attract bacteria and acidic foods and beverages that can eat away at your dental enamel. Choose foods that support excellent oral health like cheese, fruits, and raw vegetables.
Call to Schedule Your Dental Checkup
Achieving and maintaining a healthy smile is easy with preventive dentistry in Wilmington, DE. Please call our dental office to schedule your next exam and teeth cleaning.