At Dupont Family Dentistry, we believe prevention is the best medicine. We would much rather educate our patients early on about how to maintain optimum oral health and have them come in for routine cleanings and exams twice a year than have to treat advanced gum disease or replace a tooth damaged by years of decay.
What You Can Do
The first step in preventive dentistry begins with your lifestyle. Making healthy choices today can prevent future complications down the road. Knowing the potential risk factors for oral health problems is half the battle, avoiding them is the other. These are things you can do at home today to form healthy habits that will minimize your risk for oral health problems in the future:
- Avoid tobacco products
- Avoid sugary foods
- Avoid acidic foods
- Wear a protective mouth guard during sporting activities
- Brush & floss twice per day (after breakfast & before bed)
- Rinse with water after meals (or chew gum containing xylitol)
- Come see Dr. Diehl & Dr. Hemphill twice a year for cleanings and checkups
What We Can Do
At your twice-annual checkup appointment, we always make sure our patients are educated about their oral health. This includes the tips above, as well as proper instructions for brushing and flossing, and providing you with the tools to do so. One of our friendly hygienists will then take a look, and give your mouth a good deep clean.
Your Fort Wayne dentists, Dr. Diehl & Dr. Hemphill will then perform a thorough examination, looking for signs of oral problems or changes like tooth decay, gum disease, state of existing restorations, and changes in the bone and soft tissues that could be potential signs of oral cancer. Your dentist is the only one who will notice these minor changes in your mouth – it’s up to you to come to see us for regular checkups.