Preventative measures protect teeth from serious diseases, like gingivitis. Your Advanced Dental Care dentist, Dr. Dr. Lama Shoukfeh, in Lubbock, TX, can tell you more about vital preventative measures that'll ensure your teeth are protected.
Types of Preventative Measures:
Dental Cleaning: Your Lubbock, TX, dentist uses a specialized hand-held instrument to clean plaque and tartar. This preventative measure prevents bacteria from infecting oral tissue and causing serious issues like gingivitis. The dental hygienist will end the procedure by using a gritty-like toothpaste to polish your teeth. It's best to do this every six months for optimum care during your regular checkup.
Sealants: This is one of the best preventative procedures for you and your child. Your dentist cleans and dries teeth then applies an acidic gel that roughs up your tooth surface by opening up their pores or grooves. This will make it easier for the sealant to adhere to teeth. After a few seconds, your dentist rinses the gel, dries the teeth again and applies the sealant. She'll then harden the sealant using a specialized blue light.
Oral Care Regimen
Your oral care regimen is also a preventative care method. You need an oral and dental examination at your dentist's office every six months, in addition to maintaining a healthy oral habit. It goes without saying that you need to make sure you brush your teeth twice a day. Brush your teeth after breakfast and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing daily, before bed, to remove food debris and reduce plaque buildup.
If you have questions about preventative procedures and any other tips, be sure to contact your Lubbock, TX, dentists today.