By Russell Forrest, DDS
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Health checkups are a must, but people seem to think routine maintenance isn't always as important for your smile. Here, at Topeka, KS, preventative dentistryyour family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest explains how you can benefit from preventive care.

You can reduce your tooth decay risk in just a few minutes

Brushing and flossing may not be particularly exciting activities, but these basic oral hygiene tasks really do reduce your risk of tooth decay. Both brushing and flossing get rid of plaque, the sticky bacterial film that causes tooth decay. Not sure how long to brush? Keep the two-minute rule in mind. Brushing for at least two minutes twice each day will help ensure that you don't miss a spot. In addition to removing plaque, daily brushing also strengthens teeth. Fluoride, the key ingredient in toothpaste, repairs weak areas in your enamel, reducing your cavity risk.

Mouthwash offers added protection

Following brushing and flossing with a swig of antibacterial mouthwash provides additional protection. Antibacterial mouthwashes kill any bacteria remaining in your mouth. After you spit, don't rinse. Rinsing immediately after using mouthwash diminishes the effects.

Sealants protect molars and premolars

Cavities aren't unavoidable, particularly when you take advantage of the protective benefits of sealants. Sealants fill in small pits and grooves in your molars and premolars, preventing plaque from collecting there. Although they're usually recommended for children, they can also help adults avoid cavities. Sealants last an average of 10 years but may wear off sooner if your grind your teeth.

Regular dental visits offer important benefits

Visiting our Topeka office twice every year will help ensure that cavities and other problems are treated promptly. During your visit, Dr. Forrest will also look for signs of other issues, such as tumors, cracks in teeth or early signs of gum disease. The sooner gum disease is treated, the lower your risk of tooth and bone loss.

A professional dental cleaning, part of every regular dental visit, removes plaque from hard-to-reach places and also gets rid of tartar, a hard deposit that causes gum disease.

Has it been a while since you've visited us? Call Topeka, KS, family dentist Dr. Russell Forrest at (785) 266-0330 to schedule an appointment.