Preventive Dentistry

Tamara Levit, DDS, PC -  - Dentist

Tamara Levit, DDS, PC

Dentist located in North Bethesda, MD

There’s no way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems entirely, but preventive dentistry can significantly lower your risk. At Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, in North Bethesda, Maryland, the dental team strongly encourages prevention over treatment. Take charge of your oral health by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool to make an appointment today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry involves practicing good oral hygiene and participating in preemptive screenings to limit problems like:

  • Buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Onset of gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Oral abscesses

Preventive dentistry can also detect more serious problems like oral cancer and tooth erosion. Many oral health problems don’t present obvious symptoms in their early stages, but regular preventive exams can help alert you.

What oral health practices does preventive dentistry encourage?

Practicing preventive dentistry is easy and hassle-free. Simply practice good oral hygiene such as:

Brushing

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice each day. When you brush your teeth, do it gently. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and make gentle, circular motions. Be careful not to scrub back-and-forth. Brushing too vigorously can damage your enamel and increase tooth sensitivity.

Flossing

Flossing may seem tedious or time-consuming, but it’s the only way to eradicate plaque and food particles from the areas between your teeth and gums. Be gentle and take the time to floss your teeth one at a time, including your molars at the back of your mouth.

Visiting the dentist

The easiest way to prevent cavities and tooth decay is to visit Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, once every six months for a professional oral exam and cleaning. A bi-annual check-up typically takes less than 60-minutes and presents an opportunity to ask questions or discuss concerns with the team.

Eating a healthy diet

The American diet is high in sugars and starches, two ingredients are known to significantly damage your teeth. To limit cavities, try and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that consists primarily of fruits and vegetables. When you get thirsty, try drinking water instead of soda or iced tea. 

Who is a good candidate for preventive dentistry?

Anyone who wants to improve their overall health and general well-being can benefit from preventive dentistry. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly helps your teeth and gums stay healthy. In addition, clinical studies suggest preventive dentistry can lower your risk of more serious health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Whether you’ve recently moved to the North Bethesda area and are seeking a new dentist or you’ve simply been putting your oral health on the back burner, the team at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, can help. Call the office or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.