How You Can Defend Your Winning Smile
- February 4, 2016
In sports, people often say that “Defense wins championships.” We don’t have to look very far to see proof of that. Strong defense has been a big part of the UConn women’s basketball team’s success, which includes 10 national championships.
You can follow their example to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be. Preventive dental care is your defense, and it will help you keep your teeth and your gums free from infections.
And just like the Huskies, you can benefit from teamwork. Our team at Gentle Dental Care in Plainville is on your side, and we will do everything we can to help you.
Together, we can defeat the bacteria that are trying to score points by taking your teeth away.
The Home Advantage
The Huskies and many other basketball teams have an advantage whenever they are playing at home. You and your mouth should have the advantage when you are at home, too.
You already know your opponent’s game plan. Bacteria are trying to make plaque and tartar so they can attack your teeth and gums.
You can stop tooth decay and gum disease from taking hold by removing as much of the bacteria as you can by brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. They also recommend flossing once per day. That’s less than five minutes of work (or less than one overtime period in basketball) to keep your gums healthy and your teeth intact.
When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride. Scrub your teeth on all sides to remove as much bacteria as you can. Finish by scrubbing your tongue, which also helps to fight bad breath.
When you floss between your teeth and gums, start by breaking off a piece of dental floss that is about 18 inches long. You can use any kind of dental floss: thin or thick, flavored or not, waxed or unwaxed.
Wrap the floss around your middle fingers, then hold it with your index fingers and thumbs as your hug it around your teeth and under your gumline.
If you can’t or won’t floss, ask us about other interdental devices you can use to clean between your teeth. There are some places you can’t reach with a toothbrush, which is why flossing is so important.
Winning On The Road
To be one of the best teams, you have to be able to win at home and on the road. Gentle Dental Care can provide the support you need to keep your teeth healthy no matter where you are.
We want you to make at least two road trips each year to visit us for dental cleanings and exams. When you come to our office, we will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you may have missed. (Hey, even the Huskies don’t make every shot or win every game.)
We also check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. The sooner we find a problem, the faster we can treat it.
And we can do more to help make your defense even stronger, such as:
▶︎ Fluoride Treatments
You will remember that we recommended using a fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth. We also offer fluoride treatments in our office.
Here’s why. Fluoride strengthens the enamel on the outside of your teeth. This is a natural layer of defense your body creates to protect your teeth from infections. When bacteria wear down your enamel, you are more likely to develop tooth decay.
▶︎ Nutritional Counseling
We could all use some coaching and advice from time to time. We can explain how the things you eat can increase your chances of oral health problems. We also can offer you tips on what to eat and drink to reduce those risks.
Sealants add another layer of protection to your teeth. You can think of them like a shot-blocking center, swatting away bacteria that try to get into your teeth. Sealants are plastic materials that are brushed onto the surface of the teeth that are most likely to develop tooth decay.
To this point, we have used basketball as an analogy for saving your teeth. Now, we are being more literal.
If you play high-impact sports, like basketball, you should wear a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw in the event of accidents or injuries. We would be happy to make one for you whether you are a high school star or an adult who plays in a recreational league.
Take The Time For Your Mouth
Keeping your winning smile takes less than five minutes of your time every day and just two visits to Gentle Dental Care for routine cleanings each year.
To make an appointment at our dentist office in Plainville, call 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form.