Dentistry can treat a host of different issues regarding your mouth, including stained teeth, cavities, disease, and other problems. However, while much of dentistry is focused on fixing problems, or on making your smile more visually appealing, the most important part of dentistry could be considered prevention. Stopping a problem before it happens eliminates the need for invasive procedures or costly cosmetic treatments, which is why preventive dentistry is one of the main focuses of our office.
How Much do You Know About Preventive Dentistry?
1.) How many times a day should you brush your teeth?
- At least once c. At least five times
- At least twice d. None of the above
2.) True or False—The dentist is in charge of your preventive care.
3.) What is the purpose of fluoridated water?
- To help prevent bad breath c. To neutralize acid
- To destroy decay-causing bacteria d. To replenish the mineral layer of your enamel
4.) At least how often should you go to the dentist?
- Once a year c. Whenever you have a problem
- Twice a year d. Never
5.) True or False–Preventive dentistry can help stop gum disease.
1.) b. At least twice. Brushing twice a day is one of the most common dental hygiene tips, but you can also brush after every meal.
2.) False. There are plenty of things you can do at home without your dentist to take charge of your own oral health. For instance, brush your teeth as recommended, floss at least once, and maintain a healthy diet that promotes strong, healthy teeth.
3.) D. To replenish the mineral layer of enamel. Fluoride is a mineral added to tap water that can help prevent cavities, especially in children, by replenishing the mineral layers of enamel.
4.) B. Twice a year. The general guideline is twice a year, but you should go more often if you’re at risk of developing a dental health issue, or if your hygiene needs improvement.
5.) True. Gum disease is generally caused by the same bacteria that causes cavities. This bacteria can be removed from your teeth and gum line with standard teeth cleaning procedures.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS FAMILY DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.