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Help Prevent Cavities with Proper Dental Care

Do you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy this year? Most of all, do you want to avoid painful and unattractive cavities from developing? Cavities are one of the most common dental problems. Fortunately, they are also largely avoidable. It just requires diligent dental care. There are actually several simple steps that can help in your quest to maintain great oral health. Dental hygiene, a healthy diet, and preventive dental checkups are all crucial ways to avoid cavities and other problems.

Dental Hygiene Means More than Daily Brushing

While twice daily brushing is a good start to keeping the teeth and gums healthy, it should not be your entire hygiene routine. Flossing is equally important, as it helps to remove the bacteria that is left behind after brushing.

While flossing can be more difficult to master, especially initially, a dentist can help show you proper technique at your next dental checkup. Keep in mind that it should not hurt to floss, and bleeding during flossing is actually a warning sign that gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, may already be present.

If you notice your gums looking inflamed or irritated, it is important to schedule a dental checkup. A thorough dental cleaning may be enough to reverse the symptoms, but you could require more extensive periodontal care to improve the health of the teeth and gums.

Checkups Aren’t Just for Addressing Problems

Though dental checkups may seem like a formality, or only necessary for those already dealing with dental problems, checkups and cleanings are essential forms of preventive care. That is because they provide the dentist with an opportunity to remove calcified plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Therefore don’t neglect regular checkups, even if your smile seems healthy. They are important to maintaining great oral health as you age!