Why preventative dentistry gives us a lot to smile about

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Marcus Davitt

Why preventative dentistry gives us a lot to smile about

When it comes to dentistry, it’s always better to stay ahead of the game and keep your teeth healthy. If you do this, you’ll ensure that any potential problems are tackled before they spiral out of control and do irreversible damage. Preventative dentistry helps you avoid cavities, infections and pathologies, and can be key in determining how healthy your mouth is.

Aside from visiting your dentist for a check-up every six months, there are many things you can do to ensure that your teeth stay strong. At Bath Street Dental, we’ve put together a list of the top five things you can do to keep your pearly whites in tip top shape:

  1. Brush regularly

It might sound obvious, but brushing your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time is one of the best ways you can protect your teeth. When you notice the bristles on your toothbrush fraying, replace it with a new one. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue as it’s a hub for bacteria and food debris.

  1. Floss or use interdental brushes

Although it might seem like a chore, flossing in between your teeth help remove any food debris. If food remnants are left there, you could find yourself a victim of tooth decay and gum infections – common reasons behind tooth loss.

  1. Visit your hygienist

Regular trips to your dental hygienist are a vital part of preventative dentistry and ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy by removing plaque and tartar. We’d recommend that you visit your dentist for a scale and polish at least every six months.

  1. Steer clear of sugary drinks and snacks

Sugary foods and drinks aren’t only bad for your waistline, they also wreak havoc on your oral health. They encourage the growth of decay causing bacteria, erode your teeth and encourage the build-up of plaque. Beware though, it’s not always the usual suspects that do damage, snacks like dried fruit can be just as bad. If you do have a sugary snack, always brush your teeth afterwards.

  1. Chew sugar free gum

This can help remove food debris from between your teeth and helps stop your mouth from drying out by producing more saliva. In turn, this helps reduce plaque and dental erosion, helping in the quest against fillings.


Overall, taking preventative steps to look after your teeth isn’t difficult, but might require you to change your current changing routine. While it might take five more minutes to floss, it could be the deal breaker between keeping or losing a tooth.

To book a dental check up with our Cheltenham based practice, or for dental tips, please call: 01242 259960.