Preventive care is simply and easy. And at Smiling Village Dentistry, we make it a top priority. It’s entirely possible to make cavities and gum disease very infrequent outcomes in your life.
Your own efforts are essential to preventive care, but you can’t do it right without our Elmhurst dental office. At the top of the list of things to do is keep a close eye on how much sugar you have. This includes obvious items like cookies and cake, soda and fruit juice, and ice cream, but also condiments like ketchup and salsa, boxed cereals (even plain ones), and commercially packaged salad dressings. Sugar is found in so many things, but you don’t have to eliminate it completely. For the purposes of preventive care, starch counts as sugar, as well. So be aware of your consumption of bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. All of the above items lead to dental plaque forming on your teeth and at the gum line. It’s invisible and sticky. And it’s the reason for tooth decay and the cavities that follow. It’s also the catalyst for gum disease, bringing with it irritation and redness at first, and possibly inflammation and infection later on. In addition to brushing your teeth twice per day (at least) and flossing once per day, you should make it a point to visit our Elmhurst dental office two times per year for a complete oral examination and a teeth cleaning. By doing so, small cavities are prevented from growing into larger and riskier ones. And early stage gum disease is reversed. Furthermore, the chance of future cavities and gum disease are reduced.
Our Elmhurst dental office will see to it that you have every opportunity to maintain the highest degree of oral well-being possible. All you have to do is contact us and set up your next visit for an examination and cleaning.