When it comes to dentistry, prevention is always cheaper than restorative dentistry. Our Wellesley, MA dental office focuses on elite preventive dentistry to ensure that our patients are comfortable and aren’t surprised by big dental bills.
Tocci Dental Associates offers services for children and adults, and if needed, we can restore teeth or even replace missing teeth. Our office can also treat sleep apnea issues. Give us a call today at 781-304-8172 to schedule yourself a visit or a visit for your family.
Today we want to share 5 cheap ways you can prevent dental problems and keep your teeth healthy and looking great.
1. Maintain Cleanings and Exams
It’s recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for regular cleanings and exams. During these visits, we’ll take an X-ray of the mouth to check for abnormalities in the mouth, clean the teeth, and then counsel you on best at-home oral health practices. You’ll also have time with the hygienist and the dentist to discuss any needs for your mouth. The hygienist will remove plaque and tartar — which buildups on teeth and can lead to tooth decay or even gum disease. After the teeth are cleaned, we’ll polish the teeth to make it harder for plaque and bacteria to stick to the tooth.
2. Add Fluoride Treatments to Routine
One of the tools we use as part of our prevention is fluoride. This is a substance that is natural and has been proven to reduce the risk of cavities and even repair damaged enamel. You can come to the dentist for fluoride treatments. We’ll apply them gently after your cleanings. And, be sure to use fluoride-based toothpastes at home.
3. Brush Your Teeth Longer
Studies from the American Dental Association have found that about 7 out of 10 people brush their teeth twice a day. It’s best practices to brush your teeth twice a day, but you should also be brushing your teeth at least two minutes at a time. We recommend that patients lightly brush their teeth for a full two minutes — you can set a timer or use an app.
4. Use a Mouthguard
If you’re involved in sports or have a young one involved in sports, you need to wear a mouthguard. You can find mouthguards at most pharmacies, but these mouthguard are not custom to your smile. A custom mouthguard from our office will fit perfectly over the teeth and better protect the mouth. You can pick your favorite color, and we make sure the mouthguard will not obstruct the airway to help with performance.
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Practicing these quick steps can lead to a healthier, better-looking mouth. Each one of these methods is drastically cheaper than restoring teeth or especially replacing teeth.
We can help every member of your family, including planning out your children’s first dental visit. We take pride in helping patients achieve a healthier and bright smile. Give us a call today at 781-304-8172 to schedule your first visit.