Preventative Dental Care Tips

Dental_CareDental care, like all other types of health care, has at least two components: the care you receive from a professional provider, and the health-promoting activities that you engage in on a daily basis. Your daily habits are crucial factors in determining whether you’ll be able to avoid or overcome common oral health challenges, such as periodontal disease or tooth decay.

If you’d like to give yourself the best chance of having healthy teeth and gums for life, your personal dental care regimen should include the following:

Dental Self-Care Basics 101

  1. Brush your teeth. Brushing at least twice a day is ideal, and the effectiveness of brushing is increased when you use the proper technique, use a soft or extra-soft bristled brush, and brush for at least two minutes per session.
  2. Floss your teeth. Flossing cleans the 40 percent of your teeth surfaces that your toothbrush is unable to reach. If you like to floss with a floss holder, or a water-based flosser, great – the important thing is to establish the habit.
  3. Eat right. Avoid sugary treats, and enjoy starchy and sticky foods in moderation. Rinsing your mouth with water 30 minutes after a meal helps remove debris and slows down bacterial plaque formation.
  4. Address any problems with teeth grinding or dry mouth. Both bruxism (teeth grinding) and xerostomia (dry mouth) can damange your dental health. Your dentist can create a custom-fitted night guard to prevent teeth-grinding in your sleep. He or she can also help you identify possible causes of dry mouth and suggest products to help you increase your saliva flow.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly. Going in for a check-up as directed by your dentist is the best way to receive preventative treatments such as prophylactic cleanings and to allow his or her team to identify oral health challenges early.

“Quality dental care from a dentist and his or her staff is one part of maintaining your health,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Another big part of keeping your mouth and gums healthy is the preventative dental care you give yourself every day.”


  1. STEELE HONDA says

    Hopefully these 5 tips that you have provided will help me to keep my teeth health! Of these 5 tips, i really liked the last one which is one step I think many people either forget to do or don’t want to do. Visit my dentist regularly will probably help me to prevent any problems from occurring instead of trying to do it all on my own. I have struggled with this step because of my schedule but I will try making regular dentist visits more of priority now on. Thanks for the tips once again!

  2. Thank you for the help. I am visiting the dentist next week and realized that it has been a long time since I have been. I have fallen out of that habit. I know that is one of the safest preventative steps I can take. How often do I need check ups at the dentist?

  3. Jessie Harrison says

    I try not to eat more than one sweet a day. However, my dentist helps to tell me to hold back on the sweets. You said to avoid sugary foods. What foods do you suggest I eat? I would like to keep my teeth healthy, but I want to be able to eat without worry. Any other tips?

  4. I appreciate the information on preventative dental care tips. I agree that one of the best things you can do for yourself and keeping healthy teeth is to eat right. You can floss and brush your teeth and that works great, but eating right will be a huge help as well. I would imagine that if you just eat sugary stuff all day then your teeth are going to have problems even if you do floss and brush.

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