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How Preventive Dentistry Can Help You in the Long Run

Give your smile the care it deserves now to protect it for the future. 

When was the last time you saw the dentist? How often do you floss your teeth? Do you sometimes forget to brush your teeth before going to bed? Your answer to these questions can determine the likelihood that you’ll continue to maintain a healthy smile or that you’ll need to turn to our Patchogue, NY, general dentist Dr. Debra Oreste for cavities, gum disease and other problems. Of course, we want to help you prevent these issues from happening in the first place.

See the Dentist Twice a Year

Everyone, regardless of age or health, should visit our Patchogue, NY, general dentist twice a year (or every six months) for routine checkups and cleanings. Even if you do a great job caring for your smile at home, there are still areas that you might miss when brushing and flossing.

During these cleanings, we can remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent decay from developing. We also offer oral cancer screenings, early detection of decay and gum disease and personalized recommendations on certain products to use to maintain a healthy smile.

Even if your smile feels and looks its best it’s still important that you don’t skip out on seeing the dentist twice a year. These checkups are incredibly important, as a lot can change over the next six months. By coming in regularly we can also catch problems early on when they are far easier and less expensive to treat.

Those at an increased risk for gum disease or cavities such as pregnant women may want to talk with our dentist about whether they should come in more frequently for cleanings.

It’s important to get your child practicing good oral hygiene as soon as possible. Even before their teeth come in you should be cleaning their gums after each feeding with a clean, damp cloth. By the time your child’s first tooth erupts (or by the time they turn 1 year old) it’s important that you bring them in for their first dental visit. Once children turn 1 year old, they will continue to come into the office every six months, just like the rest of the family.

Practice Good At-Home Oral Care

Along with visiting the dentist twice a year, there are also things you can be doing to reduce your risk for decay and other dental problems. These include,

  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Limiting junk food and sweets
  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Flossing daily

If it’s time for the whole family to turn to their general dentist here in Patchogue, NY, for a dental cleaning, call Sunset Dental Care today at (631) 475-6444 to schedule your next appointment.

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