Preventive Dentistry in Clinton
Proper home and professional care for your teeth and gums are the best ways to maintain ideal oral health throughout your life. Dr. John Kush is pro-active when it comes to protecting the smiles of his patients. The practice of preventive dentistry is important not only for your teeth and gums but also for underlying jaw bone health.
Making your smile priority helps to avoid decay, discoloration, and enamel wear. Recent studies have also shown a direct link between poor oral health and systemic illness such as heart and lung disease. Premature delivery and low birth weight may also be linked to periodontal disease.
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The Basics of Oral Health
Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits, are designed to ensure that teeth are in top condition. Children are especially susceptible to cavities so Dr. Kush provides fluoride treatments and sealants to help combat tooth decay early on.
Education is also a big part of preventive dentistry. Our dentist encourages his patients of all ages to adhere to the following at-home oral hygiene practices:
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily – Most people brush their teeth in the morning but many neglect to do so before bedtime. This is the most important time to brush as left-over food particles have several hours to feed the oral bacteria responsible for causing cavities and gum disease.
Brush Correctly – Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle starting at the gum line and brush back and forth in short strokes. Be sure to cleanse all surfaces of your teeth. To clean the backs of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Floss Daily - Daily flossing is also necessary to clean between the tight spaces of your teeth where decay can grow unchecked. Gently wrap a clean piece of floss around each tooth and lift up against its surface to clear out debris. If you have braces, interdental cleaners are available to get between the metal brackets.
Brush Your Tongue - This helps remove additional bacteria from your smile and also freshens your breath.
Replace Your Old Toothbrush – Purchase a new soft-bristled toothbrush three to four times per year or when the bristles begin to fray.
Maintain a Healthy Diet - Eating nutritious foods and drinking water contribute to a healthy smile. Limit your sugar intake and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups – If your oral health is in good condition, annual visits including a thorough exam and cleaning can keep small issues from turning into big problems.
Dr. John Kush – Providing Comprehensive Dentistry for Clinton and Hunterdon County
These best practices guarantee both better chances for a smile that lasts a lifetime and fewer chances of incurring the high cost of restoring your smile after it’s been damaged.
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