At Rochester Advanced Dentistry, we believe preventive care is the best way to set yourself up with a healthy smile for life. With these 5 preventive dentistry tips from Dr. Doolin and Dr. Haddad, you can set yourself up for a healthy smile for life.

A senior couple brushing their teeth in the bathroom. Brushing is just one of the preventive dentistry tips to make sure you keep your smile looking great!

1. Brush and Floss Regularly

Our first preventive dentistry tip is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Regular brushing and flossing are equivalent to brushing once in the morning and once at night. You only need to floss once per day and we recommend doing so at night after you brush your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly help you remove plaque, tartar, and debris from your teeth that may otherwise cause cavities and tooth decay.

2. Visit the Dentist Every 6 Months

Another important preventive dentistry tip for a long-lasting smile is to visit your dentist every 6 months. This is important regardless of how old you are or how many teeth you have. Every 6 months, our dentist should examine your mouth and take x-rays to look for potential dental problems for early treatment. Your appointment will also include a professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your mouth. Visiting the dentist every 6 months helps ensure your mouth stays healthy and problems with early treatments.

3. Wear Your Night Guard, Mouth Guard or Oral Appliance

If you have instructions from your dentist to wear any sort of oral appliance, make sure you follow your instructions. Wearing a nightguard helps protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding or clenching teeth. Mouthguards help protect your teeth from physical damage when playing contact sports and oral appliances help you treat sleep apnea. Your dentist might also instruct you to wear a retainer if you recently had braces come off. Whatever your dentist’s instructions might be, it’s important to follow these instructions to prevent problems down the line.

4. Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

Another preventive care tip you should use in daily life is not using your teeth as tools. If you need to open a package or break something, grab a pair of scissors or a knife. You should use your teeth to chew not as tools. Using teeth as a tool sets yourself up for a potential injury.

5. Stay Hydrated

Not drinking enough water or suffering from dry mouth may result in more cavities. Hydration is important for washing away bacteria in your mouth that otherwise cause cavities and tooth decay. Prevent cavities in your mouth by drinking at least 8 cups of water per day. To make things easier for yourself, carry around a water bottle and make time goals throughout the day of how much water you should drink by then.

If you’re overdue for your next dental exam or you have a dental concern you wish to have looked at, give Rochester Advanced Dentistry a call at (248) 656-2020 or visit our online form to schedule an appointment with our dentists today.