The practice of preventive dentistry emphasizes the maintenance of a good oral health routine to prevent the onset of dental problems, and diagnose and treat potential issues before they become serious.
An important component of preventive dentistry is visiting San Diego dentist Dr. Mary Walsh-Cole
at least twice every year for thorough dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. These check-ups allow Dr. Walsh-Cole to address potential problems before they cause damage.
Perhaps the most important aspect of preventive dentistry is your at-home dental hygiene routine. A good personal dental hygiene
regimen includes brushing at least twice every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, followed by flossing at least once a day.
Flossing helps you remove food particles that can linger in crevices not reached by brushing. After flossing, you may choose to rinse with an anticavity or antiseptic mouthwash, which can reduce additional bacteria that contribute to plaque buildup and bad breath.
Your dental health has a significant impact on your systemic health. Dental issues such as periodontal disease
can also increase your risk for severe medical problems like heart disease.
If you would like to learn more about preventive dental care or schedule your check-up, please contact Dr. Mary Walsh-Cole
. We welcome patients from the San Diego, Encinitas and Carlsbad, California, areas.