Preventive Care

Dr. Meuselbach and our team believe that prevention is the best medicine, especially when it comes to your dental health. To ensure success in your life-long journey of oral care, we take the time to provide customized education regarding your oral health, formulating ideal home recommendations to keep you smiling.

Cleanings and check-ups at our West Chester dental office are important, not only to treat oral health issues (cavities and gum disease which we are all aware of), but to also find developmental issues or potential oral cancer.

Tips for Achieving Ideal Oral Health

  • Eat a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and proteins. High-fiber foods are ideal, as they are generally not “sticky” and bacteria colonizing, and don't contribute negatively to our health.
  • Avoid soda and processed foods. These types of food lead cavities, as well as systemic health issues (obesity, high blood pressure, cancers, diabetes, etc.).
  • Avoid sticky treats (like Skittles or Jolly Ranchers) that stick to teeth and feed bacteria.
  • Use an electric toothbrush, such as a Sonicare or Oral B Genius, along with proper flossing and/or Waterpik usage. No matter what toothbrush you choose, use it often and correctly!

If you have questions about the best ways to prevent oral disease, or simply need to schedule your six-month cleaning, please feel free to contact our West Chester, OH dentist, Dr. Robert Meuselbach. 

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.

 

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