The most important part of keeping your gums and teeth healthy is preventing problems before they arise. Both gum disease and tooth decay are among the most common chronic conditions that Americans face, and both gum disease and tooth decay can be prevented. Issues that come up can be treated early to prevent the issue from progressing into a serious problem. For example, an accident may cause a chip in a tooth. If left untreated the chip may lead to an infection, which further left untreated may lead to a necessary tooth extraction. To save your teeth, remember the value of preventative care.
Good Oral Hygiene
It is absolutely essential that you brush and floss at least twice a day. A good brushing session lasts at least two minutes with a focus on every surface of the tooth that you can reach. It is common for people to miss the inner part of the teeth facing the tongue. Flossing is important to keep the areas between the teeth clean. Food and drink particles left on the teeth are feasts for harmful bacteria. This bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing is especially important before sleep because a sleeping mouth is a perfect home for bacteria.
Saliva is your body’s natural mouth rinse. Water aids in saliva production, and helps keep bacteria rinsed away off of your teeth and gums. A dry mouth leaves bacteria the opportunity to thrive.
Checkups and Cleanings
Checkups give your dentist a chance to catch any potential issues early and provide treatment. It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least every six months to allow for a thorough examination. If you notice changes in your teeth, gums, or notice any pain, you should get to your dentist sooner. A professional cleaning is a good opportunity for any stuck-on plaque or tartar to be removed. Just like with your car or home, a deep cleaning is sometimes necessary.
Are you doing what you can to keep your mouth healthy?
Prevention is the key to good oral health. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.