545 West 236 St., Bronx, NY 10463

Existing Patients: (718) 548-1148

New Patients: (718) 414-6223

Enjoying a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth: The Power of Preventive Dentistry

April 30, 2024

Maintaining good oral health is about more than just brushing your teeth every day. Preventive dentistry involves education, treatment, and taking the necessary steps to ensure healthy teeth and gums. From daily brushing to regular checkups and professional cleanings, a comprehensive preventative dentistry routine can help you avoid gum disease, cavities, and other issues that can impact your oral health and overall well-being.

Establishing a Strong Foundation for Good Oral Health

At the office of Riverdale Dental Arts, we emphasize the importance of taking a proactive approach to maintaining optimal oral health. We recommend the following steps to keep your smile and those of your loved ones in tip-top shape:

  • Establish a strong foundation for good oral health with an effective brushing and flossing routine at home. Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with an ADA-approved fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Follow a nutritious and balanced diet, avoiding food and beverages high in sugars or very acidic. Limit sticky sweets and brush afterward. Instead of sodas and sports drinks, reach for a glass of water instead.
  • Avoid harmful oral habits like nail biting, chewing on pencils or ice, lip or tongue piercings, and don't smoke or chew tobacco. If your little one sucks their fingers or thumb, try to get them to constructively break the habit at home or seek dental advice and possible intervention before their permanent teeth come into place.
  • Get regular checkups, professional cleanings, and routine care as the American Dental Association recommends.

Preventing Dental Disease and Detecting Emerging Issues Early On

Our top priority is helping patients of all ages enjoy the benefits of good oral health. You can count on our office to provide you and your family with the guidance, resources, and care needed to establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

During regular checkup visits, we carefully assess every smile, checking for signs of dental disease and other issues that can impact oral health and overall well-being. After reviewing each patient's medical and dental history, we'll perform an extra and intra-oral exam. We'll screen for oral cancer and other suspicious lesions, check occlusion, TMJ function, and more. We'll recommend diagnostic films as needed to detect cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral pathology. With regular checkup visits, we're able to find emerging issues early in their development when they are typically easiest to treat.

As part of a comprehensive preventive care program, professional dental cleanings represent an excellent opportunity to remove any accumulated plaque and tartar your toothbrush has not reached. Since dental plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that cause dental disease, a professional cleaning helps protect your smile from the damage associated with cavities and gum disease. We'll also use this opportunity to provide instruction in the best methods of brushing and flossing and offer the nutritional guidance needed to support a healthy smile. Children can be especially vulnerable to cavities, and we may use these visits to provide periodic fluoride treatments and dental sealants to offer additional protection against tooth decay.

At the office of Riverdale Dental Arts, we offer comprehensive care to support healthy, beautiful smiles! Call today for more information on our office and the many services we provide.

Existing Patients: (718) 548-1148
New Patients: (718) 414-6223
Fax: (718) 548-0400