Preventive care helps ensure that your smile remains healthy throughout your life. Dr. Jeffrey Galler in Brooklyn, NY, discusses the important of preventive care and explains how you can reduce your risk of dental problems.
Preventive care at home
Removing plaque with daily brushing and flossing is the best way to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine prevents plaque from turning into tartar, a hard deposit that is the cause of gum disease. Making smart food choices can also help you keep your teeth healthy. Reduce your tooth decay risk by avoiding sugary snacks and drinks and those that are high in carbohydrates. Acidic snacks and drinks are also bad for your smile, as the acids weaken your tooth enamel. Sodas, lemonade, sour candies and other foods and beverages can cause the problem.
Take a good look at your mouth every week. If you notice anything unusual, such as a white spot on the lining of your cheek or a darkened tooth, make an appointment with our Brooklyn office. Also, schedule a visit if you experience tooth pain. Although pain tends to come and go in the early stages of tooth decay, cavities don't just disappear. Treating and filling the tooth when the cavity is small can help you avoid more extensive dental procedures in the future.
Preventive care at the dentist's office
Twice yearly dental visits give Dr. Galler the opportunity to detect and treat dental issues before they can become major problems. During exams, he also looks for problems that could affect your oral health, such as a crack in a tooth or receding gums.
Regular visits also include dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Because tartar can only be removed with dental instruments, it's impossible to get rid of it on your own. When you don't receive regular cleanings, your risk of developing gum disease rises.
Is it about time you visited the dentist? Call Dr. Galler in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 253-6605 to schedule your visit.