It's no secret that prevention is the key to having a healthy, confident smile. If you're not already taking good care of your teeth and gums at home, your dental hygienist and/or dentist can help you develop a routine for ongoing oral health.
Your gums and bone around the teeth are the foundation of the mouth. If these are unhealthy, the mouth is unhealthy. At Manatee Family Dental, we focus on treatment and prevention of gum disease prior to dental treatment. That way, we know we've built a good foundation for new dental work. Our hygiene program is heavily focused on preventing periodontal disease, and we utilize regular deep cleaning to achieve maximum oral health.
Taking care of your oral health means more than just brushing and flossing every day; it also means visiting the dentist regularly. This is where your preventive plan really begins! During regular visits to the dentist, they can evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw to check for tooth decay and other problems. They'll also teach you how to clean between your teeth properly so that food particles don't get stuck under them or on the gum line. Your dentist or hygienist will also take x-rays to look for hidden dental problems like cavities or gum disease. And they'll be able to prescribe treatments to restore or improve your smile!
There are also some preventive treatments that you can do at home with the help of your dentist or dental hygienist. For example, sealants are a great way to help protect the back of teeth from food particles that stick in hard-to-reach places like crevices between the teeth.