Article published by : Max Health on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Category : Cosmetic Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

While cosmetic dentistry is an ideal solution for perfecting the appearance of your smile, preventative dentistry is the best way to help avoid common dental problems in the first place. Issues such as tooth discoloration, receding gums, and missing teeth can be addressed through cosmetic dentistry, but a good at-home oral hygiene routine coupled and twice yearly visits to your dentist may help prevent the need for more invasive procedures and help keep you smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.

At Home, Every Day

Your oral hygiene routine at home should be consistent. To help prevent cosmetic and general dental issues, make sure you:
- Brush your teeth - use a soft bristled toothbrush and mildly abrasive toothpaste to remove surface stains without impacting your tooth enamel. Brush after every meal and snack
- Floss - often overlooked, flossing is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and to freshen your breath. Floss morning and night before you brush
- Limit sugar - if you eat sugar, including fruit sugar, make sure you brush immediately. Bacteria love sugar and will quickly get to work eroding and discoloring your teeth

In addition to your at-home routine, you should commit to seeing your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. These visits give your dentist a chance to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and to also remove plaque that has turned into tartar.

If you choose a dentist who offers both general and cosmetic dentistry services, these visits also provide an opportunity to discuss your aesthetic concerns with your smile. Even the best oral hygiene routine can't promise you a flawlessly beautiful smile, but working with the right dentist can.

For more information on preventative and cosmetic dentistry in the Sacramento, California area, please visit the website of Advanced Dental Concepts today at


By: Max Health

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