Oral hygiene and Preventive Care
Maintaining effective oral hygiene habits at home and receiving preventive dental care are two important ways you can achieve better oral health. A family dentist can help you develop an effective oral hygiene routine that includes preventive care. Here at Three Fountains Family Dental, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz are your family dentists in West Columbia, SC.
Effective Oral Hygiene Habits
Developing effective oral hygiene habits can help prevent various oral health problems, including cavities and gum disease. Additionally, good oral health is associated with better health overall. Maintaining good oral health can reduce your risk of developing certain issues, including:
- Flossing regularly
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush
- Limiting consumption of items high in sugar
- Avoiding or stopping smoking
What is Preventive Care?
Preventive care emphasizes the importance of regular dental checkups to stop the development of oral health problems such as cavities or gum disease. Preventive care also increases the likelihood of identifying problems early on before they can progress, spread, or cause more serious health issues.
Preventive care typically includes a dental checkup with your West Columbia, SC, family dentist once every six months or more often as indicated by the dentist. Checkups include an oral exam and a professional cleaning. During the oral exam, the dentist will look for indications of tooth decay, gum disease, or other problems. Any concerns that are identified can be treated promptly before the problem spreads or gets worse.
Professional cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be cleared away with regular brushing and flossing. This removal helps prevent the development of gum disease.
Give Us a Call!
Developing an effective oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular dental visits for preventive care are two important steps that you can take to maintain better oral health. For preventive care, see your West Columbia, SC, family dentists, Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz, by calling Three Fountains Family Dental at (803) 755-0039. Schedule an appointment today!