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Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry in Whittier, CA

Promoting good oral health is essential to keep your smile bright and healthy for life. Preventative dentistry is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums, and it involves a combination of daily oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups to prevent dental problems before they occur. At Luzid Smiles in Whittier, CA, we believe that prevention is key to maintaining optimal oral wellness. 

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and Flossing

The foundation of preventative dentistry is proper brushing and flossing. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help remove plaque and bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. When brushing, use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, and make sure to brush for two minutes each time. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line, where a toothbrush cannot reach. Proper brushing and flossing habits can significantly reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Routine Dental Cleanings and Exams

Even with regular brushing and flossing, some plaque and tartar can still accumulate in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Dental cleanings and exams are crucial to maintaining optimal oral health. During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, and our dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of dental problems. Regular dental cleanings and exams can help detect dental problems early, allowing for prompt treatment and preventing more significant issues from developing.

Routine Dental Cleanings and Exams

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are a quick process that involves applying a fluoride gel or varnish to your tooth enamel to protect your teeth against cavities. Our dentist may recommend fluoride treatment if you are at high risk of developing tooth decay or if you have a history of frequent cavities or tooth sensitivity.

Dental Sealants

Protective dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to protect them from decay. The grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars can be challenging to clean, making them susceptible to decay. Dental sealants can fill in these grooves and pits, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and preventing decay from forming. Dental sealants are a quick and painless procedure that can provide long-lasting protection against cavities. We recommend them on all children shortly after their permanent molars erupt.

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Habits

A healthy diet is essential to maintaining good oral health. Sugary and acidic foods—as well as frequent snacking—can erode your tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Drinking plenty of water can also help flush away food particles and bacteria from your mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Additionally, smoking and using tobacco products can cause significant damage to your oral health. Smoking and tobacco use can contribute to gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Quitting smoking and using tobacco products can significantly improve your oral health and reduce the risk of developing serious dental problems.

Schedule Your Consultation

Preventative dentistry is an essential aspect of maintaining optimal oral health, regardless of your age. By practicing good oral hygiene habits, scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams, and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can protect your smile and prevent dental problems before they occur.

At Luzid Smiles in Whittier, CA, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment and take the first step toward a healthier smile.

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