Preventive Dentistry for Orlando Families
At Sand Lake Family Dental, we believe that our first responsibility is to help you avoid oral health problems and enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. One way we do this is with preventive dentistry. Actually, preventing dental troubles is a team effort among Dr. Maali, his staff and you. Together, we can keep your teeth healthy, your smile bright and reduce your risk of gum disease and other oral health concerns.
Brushing & Flossing Tips
Your part in preventive dentistry is twofold. First, proper oral hygiene at home is imperative. Dr. Maali recommends brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. But not just any brushing and flossing. We want you to brush and floss correctly, so here are some tips:
- Always use a soft-bristle tooth brush and fluoride toothpaste
- Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and brush two or three teeth at a time in a circular motion
- Be sure to brush all three surfaces of your teeth: outside, inside and chewing surfaces. A good brushing should last two or three minutes
- Use about 18 inches of floss, so you can advance to an unused portion as you move from tooth to tooth
- Hold the floss taut between your thumbs and forefingers and gently glide the floss between pairs of teeth
- Press the floss up and down along one tooth and then the other, flossing all the way down to the gum line
Other steps you can take at home to prevent dental problems include eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Maali.
Preventive Dentistry Options
The second element of preventive dentistry happens in our office. First, of course, is the dental checkup. Scheduled twice each year, these appointments allow us to clean and polish your teeth, as well as remove plaque buildup that can be a precursor to gum disease. We’ll also check for signs of tooth decay. If necessary, we can take digital x-rays to find any hidden cavities. To help you in the fight against tooth decay, Dr. Maali may recommend a fluoride treatment or dental sealants; these are particularly important in helping to prevent cavities in young children.
Finally, preventing oral health problems also helps to prevent general health problems, too. Researchers have found a strong connection between the health of your mouth and health of your body. Most important in this regard is the prevention of gum disease, which has been linked to a number of systemic diseases and illnesses including stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and low-weight newborns.