Preventative Care

Preventative Care | NW Heights Dental | Portland OR

What is Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry is the act of caring for your teeth. In keeping them healthy, this helps to avoid many dental issues, including cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Your first line of defense against many dental issues is maintaining good dental hygiene. Some forms of preventative dentistry include daily brushing and regular dental cleanings.

What Can Preventative Dentistry Help Avoid?

Preventive dentistry helps to minimize the likelihood of future dental problems. Proper oral health can help you avoid or lessen the effects of the following:

  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Enamel loss
  • Periodontitis

Brush your teeth

The most important part of preventative dentistry is tooth brushing. Here at NW Heights dental, we recommend brushing at least twice a day, and exchanging your brush 3-4 times a year. Targeting your tongue alongside your teeth helps to remove bacteria from the mouth as well as promote fresh breath.

Floss Daily

Flossing daily also helps to prevent tooth decay. Flossing helps to target tight spaces found between your teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque remains within these tight spaces. Flossing after meals helps to remove the plaque that could lead to cavities or gum disease.

Regular Dental visits

Regular dental cleanings helps to ensure optimal oral health. During your dental exam and cleaning, we are able to clean and polish your teeth, removing tartar and bacteria in hard to reach areas of your mouth. We recommend coming into our office every 6 months, to ensure proper health of your teeth as we are able to identify problems and fix them right away.




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