The Importance of Preventative Dental Care Services

Cleanings and evaluations should be done regularly, at least every six months, or as directed by one’s dentist. But why? Why should we be attending routine appointments? Isn’t brushing and flossing each day enough? The team at Redmond Smiles in Redmond, Washington, educates patients on how they can keep their smile healthy with preventative dentistry.

Why are preventative dental checkups and cleanings important?

Your oral health ensures that you have healthy teeth and gums. However, your body can’t do it alone! Your smile requires daily attention to avoid potential problems, including periodontal disease and tooth decay. When you visit our office for cleanings and evaluations with Drs. Colby Eckland and Lee Zamos, you can ask questions about home care and what you need to do to have a healthier smile. This is known as preventative dentistry and is vital for lifelong oral health and wellness.

What are some common recommendations for taking care of the smile?

Between appointments, you must be mindful of caring for your smile every day to avoid decay and disease. Below are some of the recommendations Drs. Eckland and Zamos will mention to new and current patients:

  • Brush after each meal and snack using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once each day to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth
  • Rinse with a mouthwash to kill bacteria in the mouth and freshen the breath
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, as they often contribute to tooth decay
  • Enjoy a balanced diet high in vitamins and minerals for strong teeth and healthy gums
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or even sooner if the bristles are frayed
  • Schedule regular dental evaluations with our team at Redmond Smiles

Where can I learn more about preventive dental services?

If you live in Redmond, WA, we invite you to call our office at (425) 584-1192 and visit our team at 15965 NE 85th Street, Suite #201. We are also open to patients in the surrounding communities of Bellevue, Woodinville, Sammamish, and Kirkland, WA, and are here to help with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry for the entire family!