Good oral health starts with you by eating a balanced diet, limiting between meal snacks, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Daily brushing and flossing are of necessary to oral hygiene. Brushing is recommended after each meal or at least twice a day to protect you from tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque. You should always brush just before bed. Proper brushing and flossing can enhance your overall health, whiten your smile and prevent serious diseases.
Prevention of Tooth Decay Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, attack the natural enamel found on the teeth. This can be prevented by using proper home care methods including brushing, flossing and eating healthy, balanced diet.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is a serious condition which, left untreated, can cause teeth to loosen, lead to tooth loss, and can destroy the jawbone that supports your teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque. It is usually the result of poor hygiene, and is a serious risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day, coupled with regular dental checkups will lead to a reduced risk of periodontal problems. Other risk factors include: smoking, dry mouth, diabetes, genetics and certain illnesses.
There are four stages of Periodontal Disease Gingivitis, Slight Periodontal Disease, Moderate Periodontal Disease, and Advanced periodontal Disease. It is important to note that the only step of periodontal disease that can be reversed is gingivitis. This is the stage where the bacteria has not yet effected the bone. Regular dental appointments and good hygiene are essential.
Prevention of Halitosis Bad breath, or halitosis, an unpleasant odor in exhaled breath, is typically caused by old food particles on or between the teeth. Tongue cleaning, regular brushing and flossing will leave the mouth healthier and breath smelling fresher. If you have chronic bad breath, please see your dental professional as it may be a sign of a more serious concern.
Prevention of Staining Staining or the yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking or drinking coffee and tea. Routine dental cleanings, brushing and flossing will aid in preventing the stains from becoming permanent. We offer Whitening for Life to keep your smiling glowing!
The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Ideally brushing should occur in the morning, after meals and before bed. Tooth brushes come in 3 levels: Soft, Medium and Firm. Our dental professionals recommend the toothbrush is small-headed with soft, rounded bristles and no more than three months old. The head of the brush should be small enough to access all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach surfaces of the back teeth, and the bristles should be soft enough so as not to cause irritation or damage to the gum tissue. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend electric toothbrushes. Those with rotating or oscillating heads are more effective than other toothbrushes.
Flossing is an excellent way to remove plaque from the places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach like under the gum line and between the teeth. Daily flossing is highly recommended as plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and other serious oral health issues. Flossing also reduces the occurrence of bad breath. Floss comes in a variety of styles and flavors. Find one you like and it will make the task more enjoyable. To get the maximum benefit from flossing, use the proper technique as described below.