Preventive Dental Care

Preventative Dental Care in Sun City West, AZ

Sun City West dental patient smiling in the dental chair

No matter your age, it is important to have preventative dental care habits. At our office in Sun City West, AZ, we strive to teach good oral hygiene practices and invite our patients to schedule regular dental checkups with our expert dentist because we want everyone to have a bright and healthy smile.

Here are a few quick tips to help prevent cavities and plaque build-up between visits:

Brushing Instructions: Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. For the best results, use fluoride toothpaste, which will help remove food particles and plaque from the surface of your teeth. Also, always brush the top of your tongue. This will remove extra plaque-causing food particles that cause bad breath. 

Flossing Instructions: Be sure to floss at least once each day to clean inbetween your teeth. Additionally, use mouthwash to kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh. There are some places between your teeth a toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not floss and use mouthwash, bacteria will remain between your teeth and cause decay. Also, floss and mouthwash can help to remove food particles and plaque your toothbrush might have missed.

  • To keep your teeth healthy, try to avoid too many sugary treats. The best way to do this is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Eating nutritious foods like cheese, fruit, raw vegetables, and yogurt will help to keep your bright smile cavity-free.

  • Regularly scheduled dental checkups with your Sun City West dentist every three to six months to have a professional teeth cleaning will help keep your smile healthy. In addition to your dental checkups, your dentist has a variety of additional tools that can be taken to keep your teeth healthy. Be sure to speak with your dentist about dental sealants, a plastic coating that is applied to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often begins.

  • Playing sports can be fun, but dangerous for your teeth. Ask your dentist about mouthguards that can be worn to keep your smile safe while you play.

Has it been six months since your last dental checkup? If so, it is time to contact our office in Sun City West, AZ to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.

Click here to download instructions on best brushing and flossing techniques.

Brushing and Flossing Techniques

Step 1: Place Your Toothbrush at a 45 Degree Angle to Your Gum  Step 2  Brush Gently brush in a circular motion. Step 3: Brush the outer surface of each tooth. Step 4: Use the tip of the brush to gently brush the inside surface of your front teeth Step 1: Wrap approximately 18 inches of floss around your fingers. Most of the floss should be wrapp Step 2: Guide the floss between your teeth using your thumbs and forefingers. Step 3: Gently run the floss between your teeth.  curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth a Step 4: Repeat these steps for each tooth.