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Preventive Services And Your Role In Maintaining Oral Health

Keeping your smile healthy is easy! Here’s what you can start doing today.

Would you rather come in twice a year for routine cleanings and exams, or would you rather come in only when you have a problem that requires dental procedures and restorations? Many people skip routine cleanings and don’t visit our St. Petersburg, FL, family dentist Dr. Rosemarie Marquez until there is a problem, which is bad for their oral health. Discover more about preventive measures you can and should take to maintain your oral health.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Not everyone understands what it takes to keep their teeth and gums feeling their best. If this is the case here are some things you can start adding to your routine right now to get your oral health back on track:

  • You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Ideally, you may want to brush after every meal or snack. Make sure that when you do brush it’s for a minimum of 2 minutes every time.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or as soon as the bristles begin to splay out because rough, worn bristles can damage healthy tooth enamel. You’ll also want to replace your toothbrush head immediately if you’ve just recovered from a cold or illness.
  • Flossing is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health and one that people often forget. Remember to floss once a day, ideally before bedtime and before you brush. Flossing is the best way to remove plaque and food from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Visit our St. Petersburg, FL, dentist every six months for routine cleanings. Even if your smile feels great, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t decay or early signs of gum disease that you may not notice. These visits can detect issues before they become serious problems.
  • Dental sealants are a great way to protect teeth children's back teeth from decay by sealing those deep pits and fissures that your little ones have a hard time keeping clean. 
  • Fluoride treatments are a great way to protect teeth and not just for children. These treatments are very beneficial for patients with periodontal disease, who are more susceptible to decay due to exposed root surfaces. Fluoride is also beneficial in reducing cold sensitivity. 
  • Oral cancer is a growing concern and early detection is crucial to a favorable prognosis. Yearly screening is part of your exam at the office of Dr. Rosemarie Marquez.

Now that you understand the importance of preventive oral care, it might be time to schedule your biannual cleaning with your St. Petersburg, FL, family dentist, Dr. Marquez. To book cleanings for the whole family, call St. Pete Oral Health Center at (727) 345-1774. 

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