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Practicing Preventive Dentistry At Home

Good health begins at home. So when it comes to oral hygiene, it should be no surprise that the first line of defense against decay and other mouth borne diseases is the brushing of teeth. Preventive dentistry can be a personal practice and the importance can’t be overstated. This is clear enough when tooth decay is *the #1 chronic childhood disease in America.* It’s not even as much about being careful as being aware.

No one is immune to dental problems. That’s why it’s important to consider what healthy gums and teeth look like. First of all, the mouth should be clean and free of debris. Second, gums should be pink and not hurt or bleed when tending to them. Finally, a big giveaway for decay is bad breath. Putting in the effort can greatly decrease the chances of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.

It’s paramount that everyone brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks can also help prevent disease from spreading. Using dental products such as those containing fluoride can also make an impact. Combine this with fluoride mouth-rinse, and you’ll be on your way.

Knowing good techniques and being aware of the warning signs of decay can make a huge impact on a person’s life. To be clear, there isn’t any one age group more or less susceptible. Practicing preventive dentistry is the only way to assure you’ll continue to lead a healthy and rewarding life.

Contact our dental office for more information. 

Source: *National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

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