Everyone knows that it’s important to take good care of your teeth if you want to enjoy a lifetime of problem-free oral health. But it’s not uncommon that routine preventive treatments gets pushed to the bottom of your lengthy to-do list.
The Novato Family Dentist understands that you have a busy life, and scheduling routine appointments many not always be a priority. But we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of prevention and why proper preventive care for our teeth is essential.
Food and beverages that are consumed during the day stick to the surfaces of our teeth. This creates the substance we know as plaque. Since plaque buildup is not obvious, you may not even be aware of the presence of these bacteria until you have a dental problem. Scheduling professional cleanings twice a year is critical to monitoring plaque build-up so action can be taken.
Regular Dental Checkups
No less important than professional teeth cleaning is a comprehensive dental exam. This enables your dentist to identify any underlying issues and address them before they become painful and costly to treat.
Fluoride is important for keeping teeth healthy and strong. It is available through topical applications in the dental office as well as tooth paste and mouth rinses. Another great source of fluoride is non-bottled drinking water.
Dental sealants are used to fill in tiny crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Children especially benefit from the application of sealants used to protect their permanent teeth.
Protective Mouth Guards
Participating in activities where teeth or soft mouth tissue are at risk should always include wearing a mouth guard. A mouth guard can be custom-crafted by your Novato Family Dentist to provide a perfect fit and effective protection for your teeth. Patients who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism) can also benefit from wearing a mouth guard.
Conscientious Oral Hygiene
If you’re not sure which products will be most effective for maintaining your daily oral health, our dental hygienist will be happy to guide you in selecting the proper oral health products. Diligent at-home oral hygiene is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Please Contact our Office
Call our office to arrange your semi-annual dental cleaning and examination. Your teeth are an irreplaceable asset. Make sure you protect them with proper preventive care.