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How to Grow Old with Your Teeth: Preventative Dentistry

Posted on: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

If you love your teeth as much as we do, then you’d probably like to keep them around for as long as possible. Here at Avalon Dental Center, we’re all about practicing preventative dentistry, and if you want to grow old with your teeth, we can show you how.

Practicing Oral Hygiene at Home

It’s very likely that you’ve heard about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, and it’s true that these are the two most important things you can do for your oral hygiene. The key is to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly. Here are a few points to consider when brushing your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal to make sure you clean away bacteria before it can stick.
  • Buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid damaging your gums.
  • Angle the brush towards your gums and make sure to brush along the gum-line.
  • Brush for two to three minutes, but no longer, to avoid unnecessary abrasion.

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, so make sure to floss at least once a day as well. Along with these crucial practices, here are a few other ways to keep your teeth healthy:

  • A water pick can be used to remove food lodged between the teeth.
  • Antiseptic rinses kill infection-causing bacteria.
  • Fluoride toothpastes and rinses fortify your enamel.

Preventative Techniques in the Avalon Dental Office

Even if you brush your teeth like a pro, bacteria can still sneak down below your gum-line and hide there, waiting for the chance to infect your gums. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your biannual visits to Avalon Dental Center. Here are of the few of the ways we help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

  • Meticulous oral examinations ensure your teeth and gums are in healthy condition. If any problems do exist, it is best to catch them as early as possible.
  • Digital x-rays, when necessary, to make sure there are no hidden cavities, infections, or other dental risks.
  • Teeth-cleaning treatments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is difficult to remove with regular brushing and flossing.
  • For cases of heavy buildup or risk of gum disease, we perform a full-mouth deep scaling with specialized tools to clean away buildup and promote healing of the gum tissue.

If you’re behind on your dental exams and cleanings, get in touch with our office today. You can also read more about our dental services:

For a dentist in Cambridge, contact Avalon Dental Center. We provide restorative and general dentistry for the entire family. Read about us and the four languages we speak at our office or schedule a free consultation at (617) 374-9500.

Why Choose Us?

  • Top quality and personalized dental care
  • Best and experienced dentists
  • General and cosmetic dentistry
  • The latest dental technology
  • Convenient location and hours of operation


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160 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 374-9500

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Somerville, MA 02145
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Somerville, MA 02145
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