In Family and Restorative Dentistry
Preventing Dental Problems
In this dental office serving Garden Ridge, Schertz and Cibolo, we focus on preventing future dental problems and conservatively addressing those that already exist, with a long-term view of both your dental health and your overall health.
The most effective path toward preventing problems is effectively brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. This removes sugars, food debris and dental plaque from your teeth and gives your saliva a chance to do its job of keeping the mouth at a productive moisture level. Flossing, while it is everyone's least favorite hygiene activity, cleans the 40% of your tooth surfaces that the toothbrush cannot reach. So it is very important to prevent cavities. Using toothpaste with fluoride in it helps too.
The next most important step toward keeping a healthy mouth is to have regular dental cleanings. In our office, we will schedule a “cleaning” that best suits your dental needs, either more or less intensive. This intensity level will be determined by the health of your gums and by how effective you are in your home care of your mouth. (See section on gum disease.) ALL cleanings in the dental office remove more debris from your teeth than your toothbrush can do. So both brushing at home and “cleanings” at the dental office are necessary to maintain good dental health.
When you are here, we also look closely at your teeth and gums and take x-rays to catch any new problems before they become big problems. Keeping up with routine exams and x-rays prevents small problems from growing into larger ones that are painful, costly and time consuming.