By Sean Stannard, DDS
January 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Preventing a problem is often the easiest and least costliest option, whether you want to avoid cavities or protect your car's engine. Our preventative dentistryWaterford, MI, dentists, Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt of Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry, explains how preventive care can help you protect your smile.

Preventive care reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease

A good oral hygiene routine offers the simplest way to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Removing plaque from your teeth before it can cause damage is essential. Luckily, brushing your teeth offers a very effective way to get rid of the sticky bacterial film. Although brushing eliminates plaque on the surface of teeth, your toothbrush can't reach the tight areas between teeth. Flossing once a day will keep plaque from accumulating in those areas.

Plaque undergoes a change if it remains on your teeth too long. After about a week, it turns into tartar, a hard deposit responsible for gum disease. Brushing in the morning and night helps you clean plaque from your teeth and reduces your gum disease risk. Regular brushing also helps rebuild weak areas of tooth enamel if you use toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Problems are easier to treat when they're small

Tiny cavities can be easily treated with small fillings. Unfortunately, if you don't know you have a cavity until it's very large, you might need more than a simple filling. If the decayed area is extensive, inlays, onlays or crowns might be required to restore your damaged tooth. A root canal may even be necessary if the pulp at the center of the tooth has become infected. When you visit our Waterford office every six months for a check-up, we can detect and treat small issues before they can cause big problems.

Your diet can help you keep your teeth strong

The foods you eat not only fuel your body but also protect your teeth. Foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, broccoli and spinach, help keep teeth strong, while raw carrots help wash away plaque by spurring an increase in the amount of saliva you produce. Do you enjoy munching on a stalk of celery? This snack is not only healthier than cookies or candy but also loosens stuck bacteria and helps scrub bacteria from your teeth.

Prevent dental problems with regular dental visits. Call our Waterford, MI, dentists, Dr. Stannard and Dr. Studt of Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry, at (248) 673-7300 to schedule your appointment.

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