Preventive care can help you avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene at home, checkups and cleanings provided by the preventive care dentists at Neman Family Dentistry in Great Neck, and Forest Hills, NY, will help you protect your smile.
What you can do at home
Improving your brushing and flossing habits can make a big difference in your oral health. If you don't brush and floss thoroughly or often enough, plaque builds up on your teeth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
You can keep your teeth and gums clean by:
- Brushing the fronts, backs, and sides of teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
- Flossing between teeth every day
- Using toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds weak areas of tooth enamel to reduce your cavity risk
- Rinsing your teeth with a mouthwash that kills bacteria
- Eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods or beverages high in sugars and carbohydrates
How your dentist can help you
Visiting your preventive care dentist in Great Neck, and Forest Hills, NY, will help you ensure that any issues with your teeth are treated promptly. Your dentist will examine your teeth and mouth and review your dental X-rays. If you have a cavity, gum disease symptoms, a crack in your tooth, a loose filling, or another type of problem, they will recommend treatment options that will improve the health of your teeth.
You'll also receive a dental cleaning at every checkup. Even if you're an excellent brusher and flosser, you may still miss spots of plaque that build up in hard-to-reach places. Luckily, your dentist can get rid of both plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is a brownish deposit that forms on your teeth if plaque remains on them for as little as 10 days.
Although brushing and flossing get rid of plaque, hard tartar remains. In addition to being unattractive, tartar can also irritate your gums and increase your gum disease risk. Your teeth will also be polished to remove minor surface stains that can dull your smile. You'll leave your appointment with a clean, sparkling smile.
Keep your smile bright and healthy with preventive care! Schedule an appointment with your Great Neck, and Forest Hills, NY, preventive care dentists at Neman Family Dentistry. Call (718) 263-1010 to reach the Forest Hills office or (516) 773-4554 to make an appointment at the Great Neck office.