Preventative Dental Care Is Essential
Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as many as 91 percent of Americans have, or have had cavities at some point in their lives.
“Despite all the advances in our ability to prevent, detect and treat dental disease, too many Americans — for a variety of reasons — are not enjoying the best possible oral health,” said ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg.
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, and tooth decay is the direct result of carbohydrate-rich foods left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth, which dissolves the enamel surface of the teeth.
What can be done about cavities? The answer is simple.
“We know that prevention works. While it is critical to treat disease that has already occurred, the public health community needs to increase its focus on proven means of preventing it,” Dr. Feinberg continued. “Community water fluoridation, sealant programs for children, teaching people how to take care of their families’ teeth and gums, and getting the greatest possible number of children and adults into dental homes are the keys to better oral health for everyone.”
It is the strictest belief of the American Dental Association, and of Railroad Dental Associates that when eliminating dental disease is the question, prevention is the best answer. Be sure to follow these preventative maintenance steps:
- Brush at least twice a day or after every meal
- Floss after every meal or once a day
- Rinse with fluoride mouthwash
- Visit your dentist every 6 months
If you follow these simple steps you should have a healthy and happy mouth!
We are healthcare professionals operating on the “team” principle, and as the patient, you are a very important member of that team. Our team is dedicated to working with you to help you achieve a healthy, attractive smile that will enhance your appearance and contribute to your overall well-being for a lifetime. We view our relationship with our patients with a deep sense of responsibility. A major part of that responsibility is to help our patients understand and plan for their dental health.
As a licensed Dentist in Manassas Park, VA we work with our patients so they can achieve and maintain a beautiful smile and healthier gums and teeth. We take the time with our patients to explain their treatment options and inform them of additional preventative care. We feel this will lead to a more trusting doctor/patient relationship and, for many people, relieve the stress about seeing a dentist. We have several convenient offices in Northern VA. Visit our Loudoun Dental Office, Gainesville Dental Office, Pediatric Dental Office in Gainesville or Pediatric Dentist in Loudoun County.