CDA Preventive Dental Care

Preventive Dental Care in CDA

Ideal Family Dentistry’s preventive dental care services in CDA can go a long way in protecting you and your kids from the ravages of tooth decay, cavities and gum infections.

Our Coeur d’Alene preventive dentistry program is designed to ensure your teeth are kept clean and healthy on a permanent basis, to give you a gleaming smile for life.

One of the big advantages of preventive care – such as regular dental exams and cleanings – is that it avoids the need for invasive treatments like extractions in the future.

To get the most from our preventive dental care services in Coeur d’Alene, it’s imperative to maintain a good routine of oral hygiene at home. We can advise you on how to brush and floss effectively and about foods that you should maybe think about cutting back on, such as sugary snacks and drinks.

Preventive Dental Care in CDA for Adults

You may think that as an adult your cavity-prone days are behind you, but preventive dental care is just as important as you get older, to keep both your teeth and gums in good condition.

Getting older increases the risk of gum disease (periodontitis) – the main cause of tooth loss in adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 75 per cent of people in the U.S. aged 65 or over have periodontal disease. Preventive dental care such as professional cleanings will remove build-ups of bacteria, plaque and tartar that cause gum disease.

Preventive dental care is also crucial in the early diagnosis of oral cancer, which can make treatment far more effective. Ideal Family Dentistry includes oral cancer screening as part of your regular check-ups.

Preventive Dental Care in CDA for Children

Preventive dental care is crucial to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong as they progress towards adolescence and adulthood.

As well as regular exams and cleanings, our preventive dental care services in CDA include fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which can be particularly beneficial in preventing cavities in children’s teeth.

We can also create a customized mouthguard to protect your youngster’s teeth and gums during sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), children who don’t use a mouthguard are 60 times more likely to suffer a dental injury.

No matter what your age, your oral health can benefit significantly from Ideal Family Dentistry’s preventive dental care services in CDA, designed to give you healthy teeth for life.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth – and your smile – stay healthy.

Benefits of our preventive dental care in Coeur d’Alene include:

  • Preventing bad breath (halitosis), tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Saving you money by avoiding expensive dental procedures in the future.
  • Keeping your teeth shining by getting rid of stains.
  • Giving you a smile that will last a lifetime.

We use digital X-ray technology that gives us several state-of-the-art imaging options while exposing patients to less radiation than conventional X-rays.

Oral Hygiene at Home

Our preventive dental care can keep your smile bright and healthy when combined with a sound routine of oral healthcare at home.

We recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth and top surface of your tongue at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cleaning between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
  • Using a mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugar-rich treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and fruit can help keep your smile sparkling.

Printable instructions


Brushing Instructions

  • Brushing: Step 1

    Brushing: Step 1

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

  • Brushing Step 2

    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

  • Brushing: Step 3

    Brushing: Step 3

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

  • Brushing: Step 4

    Brushing: Step 4

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


Flossing Instructions

  • Flossing: Step 1

    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.

  • Flossing: Step 2

    Flossing: Step 2

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

  • Flossing: Step 3

    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.

  • Flossing: Step 4

    Flossing: Step 4

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


  • Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

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

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