Proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a dental professional are two of the best defenses against dental plaque, the root of most dental problems. We encourage adult care and prevention that is focused on the fight against plaque, the preservation of natural tooth structure, and early the detection and treatment of oral disease.
Why is care and prevention important for adults?
Dental problems only get worse when left untreated. When you see Allatoona Family Dental for regular visits, small problems won’t have a chance to become major concerns. For instance, the longer tooth decay goes unchecked the more damage it does to a tooth, and the less of the original tooth that can be saved which leads to more invasive and costly treatment. Good hygiene and dental visits are very cost-effective, too!
What kind of care do adults need?
Adult care and prevention focuses on preventing tooth decay and gum disease, the preservation of natural tooth structure, and early detection and treatment of serious oral problems.
- Most tooth decay and gum disease are due to plaque, so our hygienists want keeping plaque in check to be your first priority
- To resist plaque, adults need to properly brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Brushing before bedtime is especially important, but brushing in the morning and after eating is recommended whenever possible.
- Electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare or Oral B are best. If you do not have an electric toothbrush, use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush that is small enough to reach all your teeth. Replace it when the bristles start to wear, usually every 3 months. Electric toothbrush heads tend to last longer.
- Floss your teeth properly every day to clean plaque from those places between teeth that can’t be reached by a toothbrush.
- Schedule regular dental visits at a miniumum every 6 months, or more frequently if we indicate that you are prone to plaque and tartar buildup. These visits will include an examination by the doctor and a professional cleaning by one of our skilled dental hygienists.
- Discuss problem areas with the doctors or our staff as soon as possible so more serious problems can be prevented.
Regular dental visits serve two very important purposes - to regularly give teeth a very thorough cleaning, and to examine teeth and gums for signs of serious problems. Some serious problems can be prevented if detected early.
What If I’ve Been Avoiding the Dentist?
We want you to know two things. First - you are not alone. Millions of people avoid the dentist for many different reasons. Second - we will not judge you or criticize you. We know that the last thing you need to hear is a lecture, so you have our promise that you won’t get one here. We just want to help you get your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. If you’ve been procrastinating going to the dentist, whether because of fear of the dentist or because you just don’t have the time, we will work together to find a solution for your problem.