Dental Tips From Your Henrico, VA Family Dentist

At Short Pump Dental, Dr. Haueis and Dr. Lucas provide the residents of Henrico, VA with a comprehensive range of exceptional dental services. Whether you need a dentist for your children to keep their smiles healthy or are looking for a Henrico dentistry practice that can improve the appearance of your smile, we can meet all your family’s dental needs under one roof.

Preventing Tooth Decay for a Healthy and Happy Smile

‚ÄčMaintaining a healthy smile requires doing a consistently excellent job of brushing and flossing your teeth every day and visiting your dentist every six months for routine exams and professional cleanings. During these appointments, your dentist will examine your mouth to look for any problems developing with your teeth and gums. If a problem is found, you can undergo the necessary treatment right away before the problem becomes bigger and more difficult to treat.

Diet Control

Just like the rest of your body, your teeth and gums require a healthy, well-balanced diet. You should be eating a variety of foods from the five main food groups to help you avoid common problems like tooth decay and gum disease. If you do enjoy sweet and starchy foods now and then, eat these foods in moderation like cookies, candy, chips and crackers. And remember to brush your teeth afterward. When you get the urge to snack, have healthier choices on hand like fresh vegetables, fruits and low fat cheeses and yogurts which are all foods that are good for your teeth.

Tooth Sealants

Our Henrico dentistry practice offers tooth sealants to help prevent the development of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These sealants, which are made from a resin material, protect the teeth against decay by sealing the tiny natural grooves and pits on the teeth where food particles and bacteria collects. Sealants are applied easily and quickly to the teeth and can protect the teeth for several years. Once you have sealants put on your teeth, your dentist will check them when you visit us for your bi-annual oral exams and cleanings.


Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter for good reason. This naturally-occurring mineral helps prevent tooth decay in children and adults by strengthening the enamel on teeth. This makes the teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that take place when eating and drinking. Most people get an adequate amount of fluoride from the tap water they drink and use to cook with. However, if you’re unsure if your family is getting enough fluoride, we can evaluate how much fluoride is in your primary source of drinking water and recommend fluoride supplements if need be. There are also many different types of mouth rinses, toothpastes and dental flosses on the market that contain fluoride.

Contact Your Henrico Dentistry Practice

Preventing tooth decay involves taking good care of your teeth by eating right, brushing & flossing daily and visiting our dental office twice a year for routine examinations and professional cleanings. We want all our patients to enjoy the many benefits that come with having a healthy and attractive smile! If you have any questions about your overall oral health, our practice or the dental services we offer, please contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you. If it’s time to schedule a routine checkup and professional cleaning, please request an appointment today.