6 Don’ts To Keep Your Mouth Healthy
- January 29, 2016
Taking care of your teeth is not complicated, but it does require some effort on your part.
Our teeth are invaluable to our quality of life. Many people don’t appreciate their teeth until they’ve lost a few or all of them.
Losing just one tooth can affect the health of your entire mouth. Losing just one tooth can affect what kinds of foods you can eat. Losing just one tooth can change your smile and hurt your self-esteem.
But your teeth can last your whole life if you treat them right. At Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, we want you to keep your teeth, and we want you to enjoy your life. That should include being able to eat the foods that you enjoy and feeling comfortable with your smile.
That’s also why we are sharing a few “don’ts” that can help you keep smiling for a long time.
1. Don’t Get Tooth Decay
Easier said than done? Actually, it’s easier than you might think to stop tooth decay
The first thing you need to remember is that the bacteria live inside your mouth. This bacteria creates plaque, which causes tooth decay. Every day, you need to do things to remove bacteria from your mouth.
This means brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. You should scrub your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. And you should brush your tongue, too.
2. Don’t Get Gum Disease
Tooth decay isn’t the only threat to your oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause a lot of damage, too.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay also can cause gum disease. Brushing will remove a lot of bacteria and plaque, but those things can hide from your toothbrush between your teeth and between your gums and teeth.
This is why you need to floss every day, too. To floss correctly, you need to “hug” the dental floss around your teeth and under your gumline. This removes bacteria and plaque from places that you can’t see.
3. Don’t Skip The Dentist Office
Brushing and flossing are essential to your oral health, but so are professional cleanings and examinations at a dentist’s office, like Gentle Dental Care in Plainville.
When you come for a visit, a dentist or hygienist will clean and polish your teeth. We will remove any tartar or plaque buildup that you may have missed. We will look for warning signs of tooth decay and gum disease, too.
We also take digital X-rays of your teeth to watch for any changes that could affect your bite or lead to other problems down the road.
4. Don’t Let Your Dental Anxiety Stop You
We want to say this: being afraid of the dentist is OK. Millions of people experience dental anxiety.
What’s not OK is letting that anxiety stop you from coming to the dentist for basic dental care. We want to help you, which is why we offer sedation dentistry.
Nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation can help you feel calmer and stay relaxed for cleanings and examinations. This could be the difference between you letting your dental anxiety hold you back or you finding a way to deal with your dental anxiety.
We are here to help you, one step at a time.
5. Don’t Ignore Your Oral Health Problems
If you have a toothache, that’s a sign that you need to do something about it. If you have swollen, tender gums, you need to find out if you have gum disease and how you can treat it.
Many dental emergencies develop because people don’t seek treatment when they start experiencing signs of possible problems. These problems will not go away on their own.
6. Don’t Grind Your Teeth Together
Grinding your teeth can lead to jaw problems and hurt your teeth, too. The grinding wears down the protective enamel that covers the outside of your teeth. When the enamel wears away, your teeth become more vulnerable to infections.
If you are grinding your teeth, we’ll see the signs during your visits.
Many people grind their teeth in their sleep without realizing it. We can help by making a mouthguard that you can wear overnight. It will prevent you from pressing your teeth together.
Any more questions?
Preventive dentistry starts with you. You need to brush and floss. You need to visit the dentist, and you need to take action as soon as you realize you may have an oral health issue.
The team at our dentist office is dedicated to keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. We are happy to help our patients in and around Plainville.
Just call 860-479-2397 or use an online form to make an appointment at Gentle Dental Care.