What are the benefits of preventative dental care?

There are countless benefits associated with preventative dentistry for our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients. For example, proper preventative care can:

  • Improve your oral health. Preventative dental care can greatly reduce the likelihood that you will develop cavities, gum disease and periodontitis. In this way, it can ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong for as long as possible.
  • Boost your overall health. Your oral health is directly tied to the health of your entire body. And with poor oral health being linked to a number of serious conditions, preventative dental care can reduce your risk of developing secondary problems as well, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
  • Save time and money. Even if you have dental insurance, it can be costly and time-consuming to constantly fix dental issues with fillings, root canal therapy and restorative treatments. If you prevent these problems from developing in the first place, you can save yourself a substantial amount of time and money in the future.

You only get one mouth and one set of teeth, so it’s critical that you take care of them. Here’s what optimal preventative dental care looks like in action, so you know what you’re striving for:

Gently brush your teeth twice a day

Consistently brushing your teeth twice a day is a critical part of caring for your oral health. It prevents plaque and tartar from building up, and it keeps your teeth bright and healthy. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue, and replace your toothbrush every three to four months for the best results.

Floss your teeth once a day

We constantly remind our Northridge patients about the importance of flossing every day – because it’s a critical step in preserving your oral health. Flossing cleans the hidden areas that gentle brushing alone can’t reach, and it prevents tartar from accumulating around the gum line and causing periodontal disease.

Eat for optimal oral health

What you eat can have a profound effect on your oral health. We advise our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limit sugar and simple carbohydrates. This kind of healthy diet is ideal because it gives your teeth the nutrients they need to thrive.