Prevention

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Preventing Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is nothing to smile at, but Dr. Sheila Shah and the rest of our dental team in Macon, GA know that prevention goes a long way when it comes to ensuring your oral health. A thorough dental hygiene routine is the key to keeping your smile happy and healthy.

Prevention Tips for Daily Use

Preventing tooth decay and gum disease starts at home. Your daily routine is essential for keeping teeth and gums strong, healthy and free of bacteria. When brushing your teeth in the morning and at night, do so for at least two minutes each time, paying special attention to the sides and backs of each tooth. Flossing at least once per day is also important for removing food particles your toothbrush can't reach. Complete your routine with a clinically tested mouthwash. Finally, think about your teeth between brushing and flossing, too. Eating healthy foods that are free of sugar is good for your teeth, not to mention the rest of your body.

Prevention Tips for Advanced Needs

Some people are predisposed to tooth decay and gum disease, simply due to genetics. If you fall into this category, you may need to take extra steps to ensure your oral health. Regular visits to your dentist in Macon may help you treat any current problems in addition to preventing new ones. Several options are available.

  • Professional Cleaning - A dental cleaning with professional-grade tools reaches places your toothbrush and floss can't get to, further ensuring your mouth isn't harboring food particles. Regardless of the state of your oral health, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year, if not more, depending on your oral health.
  • Fluoride Treatments - Although most city water supplies already have fluoride in them, you may not be getting enough, and well water supplies lack it altogether. We offer a topical fluoride treatment to help you protect your teeth. Fluoride treatments may not be needed however and are prescribed on a case by case basis. 
  • Dental Sealants - Another way that we can add extra protection is via dental sealants. Liquid sealants applied to the tops of your teeth dry into a hard shell that keeps food and other bacteria from becoming trapped in the nooks and crannies. Dental sealants are a great solution to help prevent cavities from forming, however, if there is already decay present, other steps must be taken to stop the cavity from growing. 
  • Antibacterial Treatments - If you receive news that you already have a bacterial infection in your mouth, don't worry. When caught early, we can offer an antibacterial treatment that minimizes damage and treats the infection.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Whether you already do enough at home or you need to overhaul your entire oral hygiene routine, don't skip visiting us for family dentistry in Macon. Call MaconSmiles at 478-757-8714 to schedule an appointment.