Maintaining healthy teeth is a lifelong practice. It doesn’t matter what age, race, or life situation you’re in, how you care for your teeth matters and makes a difference in the quality of your life. By practicing preventative dental care, you can maintain positive oral health and overall health for years to come. But what exactly is preventative care and why does it matter?

Preventative Dental Care

Preventative dental care starts with all the little oral health habits you develop at home. These might include brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush or purchasing a fluoride toothpaste to help clean and protect your teeth from food particles and plaque build up. Flossing daily and using mouthwash can also help keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling great. Not only will some of these habits help prevent things like cavities and gum disease, they will help your teeth look better while making your breath smell better.

Caring for your teeth involves more than just brushing and flossing everyday. It is also being aware of the kinds of food you’re consuming and making sure you’re not consuming too many sugary treats. Keep your diet balanced with a variety of nutritious foods such as veggies, plain yogurt or cheese, and fruit. These kinds of foods can help contribute to the long term health of your teeth and gums, as well as, help the rest of your body to function it’s best too.

Another form of preventative dental care is to make sure you schedule regular checkups with Dr. Valle. Every six months, you should come in and have your teeth professionally cleaned and cared for. Having a dental health care professional keep an eye on your teeth is one of the best ways to keep them in their optimal shape.

If you’d like to take extra steps towards protecting your natural teeth, you can ask Dr. Valle and his staff about options such as dental sealants and protective plastic coatings. These can be applied to areas of the teeth that are often the most vulnerable to decay. Also, if you play sports it might be wise to look into getting a specialized mouthguard to protect your smile. Dr. Valle can help design a mouthguard that fits perfectly and will keep your teeth from getting knocked out or damaged in any other ways.

If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then give Dr. Valle’s office a call and ask for an appointment to come in and have your teeth examined, cleaned and cared for.