Culp Dental specializes in preventive dentistry in Rock Hill, SC. Comprehensive preventive treatment keeps your mouth and teeth healthy so you keep smiling for life. Our goal is to help you avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and other problems, so you need less dental treatment.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for teeth to try to prevent or mitigate minor problems before they become major problems. Good dental hygiene and regular dental visits help patients maintain good oral health, keep their real teeth and treat developing conditions in the early stages.

What steps should I take?

What steps should I take?

The basic components of preventive oral care are good hygiene, healthy eating and regular checkups.

  • Flossing is as important as brushing and should be done every day. Flossing reduces plaque, stimulates the gums and helps reduce inflammation. Use dental floss or ready-to-use dental flossers that are available at the drugstore.
  • Proper brushing means brushing your teeth at least twice daily (morning at nighttime). Use fluoride toothpaste, brush the correct way (using gentle, circular motions) and replace your toothbrush several times each year.
  • Fluoridated mouthwash reduces the amount of acid in your mouth, cleans hard-to-reach areas and re-mineralizes the teeth.
  • Drink water after every meal to help remove sticky and acidic foods between brushings.
  • Eat healthy by adding a lot of crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet. Avoid sugary and acidic foods, which can erode teeth and cause cavities. Acidic fruits, teas and coffees also wear down enamel, so consume these in moderation.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups. Get a professional examination and cleaning every six months. During your Culp Dental checkup, we remove plaque, and look for cavities and other potential problems that can be treated early.