Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States has an untreated cavity. More than half of all adults will develop gum disease during their lives, and more than 90 percent of people will experience tooth decay.
Your best option is always going to be focusing on prevention. That means following the American Dental Association’s recommendations as best you can:
- Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time
- Floss daily
- Visit your dentist a few times each year for professional cleanings
For individuals and families in and around Huntsville, AL, Jennifer Perkins DDS has been providing high-quality, friendly dental care for decades. Let us get to work on your behalf.
Schedule your next dental exam with us. Call 256-801-0002 today to plan your visit.
Brushing Isn’t Enough
You have likely been brushing your teeth since you were a child. It’s also worth a friendly reminder of what brushing everyone should be, according to the ADA.
First, brush for two minutes (as we noted above). This is so you take enough time to brush your teeth on all sides – front, back, and chewing surfaces. Second, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. While scrubbing is important, you don’t want to scrub too hard since that can harm your gum or damage the enamel of your teeth.
Last but not least, use a pea-sized squeeze of fluoride toothpaste. Tooth decay is the result of the demineralization of your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that can repair minor damage before a cavity can form
If you are like most people, you probably aren’t brushing exactly like that every time you brush. That’s not a criticism. It’s just an acknowledgment that none of us are perfect when it comes to our daily oral care habits.
This is why professional cleanings are so important. Our team will remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can prevent you from developing cavities and periodontal disease.
Work With Us to Keep Smiling
When you make dental checkups a part of your oral care routine, you reduce your risk of dental problems. If you do have a problem, you increase the likelihood that it will be found early. This makes your treatment easier, more effective, less invasive, and (often) less expensive, too.
While you are here, you also have the opportunity to take extra precautions to prevent oral health problems. Dental sealants can provide a layer of protection (literally) against harmful bacteria. Fluoride treatments are another way to repair and strengthen teeth so they are more resistant to decay.
Plan Your Visit Now
At the office of Jennifer Perkins DDS in Huntsville, AL, we welcome you to call 256-801-0002. Check our website regularly for updated information on the treatments we can provide, or contact us online.