The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep your teeth and gums in good condition, so that you avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. As we say at Vaca and Kirby in Longview TX, it’s better to prevent a cavity than fill one.
Of course, you have to do your part. Good dental health, and preventative dentistry, begins with regular brushing. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Look for the American Dental Association seal on the package. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day. There are lots of floss types out there. We recommend string floss; it’s best for thoroughly cleaning around and in between teeth. The various options – waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not – are up to you. We think flossing just before bedtime is best.
We like to see our patients about every six months. Some patients need more frequent visits, while others can space them out further. We’ll advise you. By seeing us for regular checkups you’ll get a thorough cleaning from a hygienist, as well as a dental exam. We’ll make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape, and treat any issues we might find. As with most things, the sooner a problem is identified and treated, the better.
If we all do our part, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have good dental health. People from Gladewater, Hallsville, and New Diana come to Vaca and Kirby in Longview TX for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!