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What is preventative care and why is it so important?
Basically, it consists of a thorough cleaning of your teeth, a rinse, floss and polish. The hygienist and Dr. Galloway are also checking for cavities, gum recession, signs of periodontal disease and other dental issues that you can’t always identify for yourself.
A thorough cleaning every six months can help promote better care at home as well as prevent the buildup of plaque and calculus (tartar) that can cause more serious dental issues.
Dr. Galloway recommends the use of a soft bristled toothbrush to prevent those aggressive brushers from causing too much gum irritation; toothpaste that is recommended by the American Dental Association is preferred. Brushing at least twice a day (after every meal is ideal) and flossing at least once a day will help keep the buildup of plaque minimal between your checkups.
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