Preventive Care Specialist

Golden Valley Smiles

Dentistry located in Fresno, CA & Clovis, CA

Oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease affect millions of Americans, but participating in preventive care can significantly lower your risk of these and other issues. At Golden Valley Smiles in Fresno and Clovis, California, expert dentist Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team offer a full suite of oral preventive care services. If you want to take steps to improve your oral health, make an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care, also known as preventive dentistry, is a branch of oral health care focused on taking preemptive measures to keep your teeth, tongue, and gums healthy. 

There are several aspects of preventive care. If you want to lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other similar problems, it’s important to brush your teeth twice each day, and floss at least once. 

You should also rinse with a fluoride-based mouthwash, brush your tongue regularly, and visit the team at Golden Valley Smiles every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. 

What are some examples of preventive care?

Preventive care involves practicing good oral hygiene and participating in regular dental appointments. The team at Golden Valley Smiles recommends:

Brushing your teeth

The easiest and most effective way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice each day. 

If possible, use a fluoride-based toothpaste and make sure to spend equal time on all of your teeth, including those at the very back of your mouth. You should also take the time to brush your tongue; this eradicates bad bacteria and keeps your breath fresh.

Flossing your teeth

The only way to remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from the crevices between your teeth and gums is to floss. To get the most benefit out of flossing, make sure you’re taking your time and flossing the correct way. If you have questions about your flossing form, the team at Golden Valley Smiles is happy to provide pointers.

Visiting the dentist

Even if you brush and floss every day, it’s still important to visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. These regular appointments allow your dentist to identify potential problems and treat them before they become worse.

Eating a healthy diet

It’s also important to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and lean proteins. You should also limit your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. 

What are the benefits of participating in preventive care?

Participating in regular preventive care lowers your risk of common dental problems. If you regularly participate in preventive care, you can significantly lower your risk of: 

  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Enamel loss
  • Periodontitis

Robust oral health starts with regular preventive care. To request your preventive dentistry appointment at Golden Valley Smiles today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.