Preventive Care

While prevention is always the best medicine, most dental problems can be treated quickly and cost-effective if caught early. It doesn't take a lot of time for a situation to go from treatable to possibly needing an extraction. Regular checkups at our Issaquah dental office are crucial to our ability to catch issues early on before they advance to a point of real concern.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are the most important daily things you can do for your oral health. Without regular attentive care of your mouth, periodontal disease can set in quickly, opening the door to severe health problems such as heart disease or even diabetes.

Gum disease starts with a buildup of plaque between the teeth and under the gum line. Regular flossing and brushing helps remove the plaque before it can cause more substantial problems.

While we typically recommend brushing after every meal, we know this is not realistic for most people. If you can commit to brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, you’ll be well on your way to good oral health. Just remember—don't rush your brush. It's important to take your time and clean every side of every tooth.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!

Printable instructions >

 

Brushing Instructions
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    Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

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    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

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    Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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    Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 

Flossing Instructions
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    Flossing: Step 1

    Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

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    Flossing: Step 2

    Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

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    Flossing: Step 3

    Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

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    Flossing: Step 4

    Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

 

Dietary Considerations

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, and scheduling visits to Sunrise Dental of Issaquah, maintaining a proper diet can help prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

Eat fiber-rich fruits and vegetables help maintain good oral health.

  • Cheese helps produce saliva and the calcium from dairy helps put missing minerals back into your teeth that were lost from other foods.
  • Green and black teas, sugarless chewing gum, and foods with fluoride are beneficial to your smile.

If possible, avoid these in your diet:

  • Sticky candies, sweets, and starchy foods that can get stuck in your mouth
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Any food or substances that dry out your mouth

If you have any questions about your dental health or how to avoid dental problems before they start, please feel free to contact our Issaquah dental office.

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