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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Preventative CareWant your teeth to be in top-notch condition? Your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, offers preventative care tips to help you improve your oral health care.

Oral Hygiene

There are basic things everyone should do to keep healthy:

  • You should have an oral and dental examination every six months.
  • In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential.
  • Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your teeth and reduce the buildup of plaque.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible.

Oral hygiene isn't the only way to care for your teeth:

  • Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  • Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water, which can wash away food particles.

Preventative Care Procedures in Jacksonville

Bondings and fillings are a great way to protect your teeth.

  • They can be accomplished in one visit; the procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour
  • Composite strengthens your teeth, so don't worry about applying too much pressure
  • The composite also fixes issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decay, discolored or stained teeth, and short teeth

Fillings and dental bonding help preserve your teeth for more years to come. They, however, require the same care as all your teeth.

Your family dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. They'll rinse off any etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth and harden the composite in place with a curing light before shaping your teeth into the right form.

For more information about preventative care, call our Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 today to schedule an appointment!