It’s very likely that when you were younger, your mother made a comment about your eating too much candy. Your mother had a lot of sense, as there are a lot of different habits in both young children and adults that can have an adverse effect on their teeth. One of the mouth’s greatest enemies is bacteria that naturally occurs and causes tooth decay.
In order to prevent decay that can lead to serious health problems in the future, the use of preventive dentistry in your oral health care routine is so important. Good prevention practices take place at home and in our dental office located in Columbia. Let’s take a look at what counts as preventive care and how you can ensure a bright future for your pearly whites.
One of the most important steps in your preventive care routine is visiting your dentist biannually. At these biannual dentist appointments, your dentist will give you a gentle yet thorough exam, and a member of our highly trained team will clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar that you may have missed during your daily oral care routine. A professional teeth cleaning will leave your teeth looking whiter, and the thorough examination will ensure that any serious conditions are problems are not overlooked.
Another great example of preventive dentistry is dental sealants. Dental sealants are a solution or coating that is made of a liquid plastic and is applied to the deep grooves of the chewing surfaces on your teeth. In order to apply the sealants for teeth must first be cleaned and then the solution will be painted on and hardened. The sealant works to prevent bacteria from living inside of the places that they tend to grow.
Ultimately, the most important part of preventative dentistry is to keep you from having to come into our office to be treated for much more serious problems. In order to do so, getting an examination and a cleaning done as soon as possible is a great way to begin your preventive dentistry routine. Feel free to give our office in Columbia a call to schedule an appointment with us at Kids First Dental.