A Quick Guide: Preventive Dentistry


Do you and your family practice preventive dentistry? In other words, do you have a healthy routine of caring for your teeth? It is important to maintain the good habit of preventive dentistry, as it stops problems from developing. Some of the problems that are potentially avoided are:

  • cavities
  • periodontitis
  • weakening enamel
  • gum disease

Everyone, regardless of age, benefits from preventive dentistry. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy mouth is correlated to overall good health, (mayoclinic.org). Additionally, practicing preventive dentistry can save money. For example, the cost of routine cleaning is significantly less than dental implants, which are sometimes needed due to poor dental hygiene.

How can you practice preventive dentistry? What should you teach your children about developing this lifelong, healthy habit?

  1. Brush: Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue every single day with a fluoride toothpaste. Replace the brush once the bristles become worn.
  2. Floss Daily: Experts recommend flossing every day. This safely cleans between the teeth and along the gums.
  3. Mouthwash: After brushing and flossing, it is good to use mouthwash as a part of your routine.
  4. Sugar: Limit the amount of sugar in your diet because sugar leads to tooth decay.
  5. Dentist: Call your dentists, Roger Shieh and Rachel Dunlop, at South Shore Smiles to schedule an exam. Your dentist can check for problems and address any dental issues you are experiencing. It is great preventive dentistry to schedule at least one exam and cleaning per year. Call us at South Shore Smiles to set up an appointment today at: (219) 627-3133. For more information, CLICK HERE.