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Preventative Dentistry Los Angeles

How do we prevent cavities and gum disease?

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and replacing your soft toothbrushes three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray. During each of your dental hygiene appointment, your hygienist will go through brushing instructions with you.

Don’t forget, ONLY BRUSH THE TEETH YOU WANT TO KEEP!

Ignoring your teeth will result in them leaving your mouth.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath. It’s hard for some of us who have a gagging reflex, but for others who can do it, brushing your tongue and inside cheeks.

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Daily flossing is also a sure way to get between the tight spaces of your teeth. Don’t be surprised if we review these daily chores the next time you come in for your check-up.

Did you know that the first floss was made from silk?

Until World War II, floss was used by the wealthy and during the war between the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan, silk became hard to get so nylon became the affordable and preferred material to make and sell floss. Interesting, right?

Nutrition is very important for the health of your body and oral health. What you put into your body strengthens or weakens your gums and teeth. Lack of good nutrition makes for lack of vitamins that are vital for oral and physical health.

Did you know that the pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic Ocean lost all their teeth during the voyage because of lack of Vitamin C? Scurvy (swollen gums and open wounds) was prevalent and very curable during the Eighteenth Century as sailors ventured for months on the ocean. Vitamin C or oranges were introduced on board, thus, curing and preventing loss of teeth.

All your vitamins play a very important part of your health. It would be a really worthwhile project to find out what helps and hurts your body.

Visiting your dentist twice a year or as recommended by our professionals ensures that you are in perfect dental and physical health!

If you are diagnosed with Diabetes, Cancer, HIV or other diseases that affect your gums, we will work with you to prevent further damage and prevent other problems from occurring.  You may need to have periodontal scaling and curettage quarterly if that will keep you in good dental health during times of treatment. Just keeping your mouth healthy is a small way to battle those small infections and sores around your mouth.

If you have any questions or need to make your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at: smiles@dentistlosangeles.com

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