Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular examinations with Dr. Mullens and his Team, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent oral disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Dr. Mullens strongly recommends that you consider the use of an electric tooth brush, such as Sonicare Baun Oral B.
  • Use an ADA accepted, fluoride toothpaste with your tooth brush in order to provide topical fluoride to the surfaces of your teeth.
  • Be sure to brush the top surface and sides of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep your breath fresh! 
  • Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
  • Using a flouride mouthwash will further help to control bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach.

    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.


  • 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.
  • Schedule regular checkups with Dr. Mullens' office every six months (sometimes sooner for periodontal maintenance patients)  for a professional examination and teeth cleaning.
  • Ask our Team 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 us about custom-fitted mouth guards designed to protect your smile.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, what are you waiting for? Its time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!