Preventive Dentistry: 3 Habits That Can Save Your Teeth

Posted by Gregg L Lage DDS Mar 16, 2021

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Preventive dentistry is a vital practice for oral health that helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Preventive dentistry is the practice of habits that help you to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Preventive dentistry helps reduce the likelihood of developing several oral health problems, such as gum disease, enamel wear, cavities, and other issues. Three facets of keeping up with oral hygiene include:

  • Going to the dentist for professional cleanings 
  • Flossing your teeth daily
  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day

The American Dental Association (ADA) says you should visit your dentist at frequent intervals determined by your dentist. Here is a further explanation of the three good habits to keep up with that will help you maintain optimum oral health.


You must brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should use fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the ADA because it will help protect your teeth. Daily brushing helps prevent cavities and gum disease. You should brush your teeth from all angles, going slowly from tooth to tooth. It is also important not to forget to brush your tongue because this will kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. It is recommended that most people change their toothbrushes approximately every three months or whenever the bristles begin to become worn. Another good practice is to follow up your twice-daily brushing with a thorough swish of some mouthwash. 


Flossing daily is another important part of preventive dentistry. The purpose of flossing is to clean the tight spaces in between the teeth. People with braces can use floss threaders to get between the brackets of their braces. If you’re not sure if you’re flossing your teeth properly or not, you can ask your dentist to show you how to floss correctly. 

Visiting your dentist

Going to your dentist for a yearly check-up will help to ensure that you and your dentist find small issues and treat them effectively before they become more serious issues. This can save you time, money, and discomfort and pain that can come with having more severe oral health issues. Depending on the health of your teeth, you might need to visit your dentist more than once a year, such as every six months.

Restore your oral health

Preventive dentistry is extremely important to oral health and hygiene. There are three essential factors in preventive dentistry: brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps to keep cavities from forming, and it will also prevent plaque from building up, which helps prevent gum disease. Flossing should be done daily and helps combat plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease. If you’re unsure of how to floss your teeth, your dentist can demonstrate that for you. Young children should be taught good brushing and flossing habits, so they can have the benefit of lifelong dental health. 

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