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Preventative Dentistry

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Preventative Dentistry in Frederick

Frederick Dentist Serving Buckeystown, Braddock Heights, Adamstown, Jefferson, Point of Rocks, Tuscarora, Middletown, Ijamsville, Brunswick, Burkittsville, New Market, and Barnesville.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry consists of the efforts of both the patient and the dental practice combined when it comes to oral health. This form of dentistry focuses on preventing gum disease as well as dental decay with the goal of helping the patient keep their natural teeth for the duration of their life. Another important part of preventive dentistry is education.

Without adequate preventative dentistry, patients are at a much higher risk of developing cavities, toothaches, decay, and much more. At Cross Dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Cross and Dr. Ronald Levine guide patients down the path of excellent dental care. Practicing good dental care can prevent a variety of long-term problems while also saving patients money on expensive restoration procedures due to dental disease. In early stages, periodontal disease, dental decay, and even oral cancer can be averted when patients visit their dentist regularly.

At Cross Dentistry, we help our patients understand the importance of good oral hygiene and how to practice it at home. The education and care provided by our dentists and dental hygienists will get you on the right track to a healthy mouth and teeth that can last you for years to come.

Following educational instructions goes a long way when it comes to improving your oral health and continuing to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Preventative Dentistry at Home Treatment

The most important person in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss is you. You’re the first line of defense. In order to enjoy the long-term benefits of healthy teeth and gums, follow these five simple steps.

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day.

Brushing your teeth twice a day creates a foundation for a healthy mouth. It helps remove sticky plaque on teeth that forms because of bacteria and debris. Eliminating this plaque early helps prevent plaque build-up which can ultimately lead to tooth decay and gum disease. For added protection, brush after every meal.

  1. Floss your teeth often.

Flossing is another vital tool in the fight for better dental health. Flossing daily helps remove food stuck in hard-to-reach places before it has the opportunity to turn into plaque.

  1. Eat a balanced healthy diet, avoiding sugar.

In addition to caring for your teeth, what you eat plays an important role in oral health. While carbohydrates and sugar are important for a balanced diet, too much of either can lead to bacterial growth which then leads to increased plaque. Opting for natural sweeteners can help prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.

In addition to being mindful of sugars and carbs, you should also make sure you’re incorporating healthy foods including calcium-rich dairy, leafy greens, and fruit. Too little calcium can weaken teeth and put you at risk for periodontal diseases and jawbone deterioration. If you are unable to consume dairy products, your health care provider or dentist may have suggestions for supplements.

  1. Limit snacks between meals.

Snacks matter. The snacks you munch on or drink between meals can make a huge difference when it comes to dental health. It’s best to avoid drinks and foods high in acids including soda, fruit juice, and citrus fruits, as well as carbohydrates such as baked goods and candy. Opting for more nutritious snacks such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, and yogurt are better for both your dental health and overall health.

  1. See your dentist twice a year.

Seeing your dentist twice a year is a great way to make sure you’re on track with your at-home dental routine. These general check-ups and cleanings are great for finding those hard-to-reach areas that are easily missed. Dentists also are experts when it comes to spotting problems early. This early detection is vital to prevent bigger and more expensive problems.

Preventive Dentistry | Dental Office Treatment

Routine dental exams benefit your overall oral health. They reduce your risk of developing cavities, tooth decay, periodontal disease, gum disease, bone loss, and other substantial dental problems.

After your dentist examines your teeth, they’ll discuss your oral health with you and recommend treatments to correct any issues that have surfaced since your previous visit. This includes:

  1. Analyzing x-rays for evidence of hidden cavities.
  2. Check gums for evidence of a receding gum line and gum disease.
  3. Check for signs of oral cancer.
  4. Recommend procedures to correct or prevent dental problems.

If you’re in need of a dentist to provide preventative dental care, Cross Dentistry of Frederick, MD looks forward to meeting you. Please schedule a visit online or call our office at (301) 662-0300 and a helpful member of our team will advise you of the next available appointment.

Our dentists serve patients from Frederick, Buckeystown, Braddock Heights, Adamstown, Jefferson, Point of Rocks, Tuscarora, Middletown, Ijamsville, Brunswick, Burkittsville, New Market, and Barnesville, as well as the surrounding Maryland areas.

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