Do you every worry that you will continue to experience cavities? Have you ever been diagnosed with gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease? If you have experienced dental problems in the past, chances are that you want to do all you can to prevent their reoccurrence, and to protect your smile in general. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to better prevent dental decay and other common oral health threats. It just requires that you combine healthy habits at-home, with routine preventive dental visits.

Are You Flossing Daily?

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental hygiene routine, and therefore your oral health, is to add flossing to your daily schedule. It should only take a few minutes, yet it can have a great impact on your oral health. That is because flossing is able to remove much of the bacteria and food particles that can be left behind even after brushing, because the toothbrush bristles cannot reach between the teeth.

How Often Do You Drink Water?

Drinking water is a great way to protect your oral health, and to prevent cavities and other issues. That is because water helps to gently rinse food particles and bacteria from the surface of the teeth and gums, in between brushings. It also helps you to produce saliva, which naturally limits bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of the teeth.

When Was the Last Time You Visited the Dentist?

If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, you are actually already overdue for your next preventive visit. Most dentists recommend visiting for checkups and cleanings several times a year to best protect one’s oral health.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.