3 Ways to Prevent Large Dental Issues
Nobody wants to deal with a big dental problem. They usually hurt, they can make it difficult to eat and smile, and they can be expensive to fix.
But can anything be done to avoid these kinds of problems?
Good home care and preventive dentistry at our Irvine, CA dental office will significantly reduce your risk for developing a number of painful dental conditions.
1. Brush and floss as directed by Dr. Robertson and your hygienist.
It’s not enough to just scrub here and there and snap some floss between your teeth to dislodge bits of food. There’s actually a technique to brushing and flossing to help you get the most out of your home care routine.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice daily for about two minutes each time. Use a circular scrubbing motion, and angle the toothbrush so that the bristles massage your gums. This helps to dislodge plaque from the gum line. Flossing should be done at least once a day, and you should be sure to run the floss between the teeth and into the gum line.
Our hygienists are happy to give you a hands-on demonstration to help you get the feel for these techniques! Brushing and flossing as directed help to prevent decay and gum disease, the number one cause of lost teeth in American adults.
2. If you have dental misalignments, talk to us about orthodontic treatment.
While the idea of braces isn’t fun, misaligned teeth are actually prone to a lot of dental problems. If not corrected, you could experience problems down the road like teeth grinding and clenching, uneven wear, cracks and fractures, an increased risk of decay and gum disease, and chronic jaw pain.
Dr. Robertson can examine your teeth and determine whether Invisalign is a good choice for you. This innovative orthodontic option uses clear aligners instead of brackets and wires to nudge your teeth into their correct placement.
3. Visit our office regularly for cleanings and examinations.
Even the most diligent brusher and flosser needs a professional dental cleaning. Your teeth have all kinds of little places for plaque and tartar to hide, and a cleaning appointment with a skilled hygienist will help eliminate any traces that remain to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Your examinations are important because the comprehensive screenings we perform and the images we take allow us to identify any problems that do happen to develop when they are small and simple to fix.
To schedule a cleaning or an evaluation with Dr. Jeffrey Robertson, call our Irvine dental office today at (855) 582-8586!