4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

  • September 8, 2020

family dentist Sterling HeightsMaintaining great dental health is one important component to enjoying overall good health. There is a correlation between the condition of your dentition and many physical ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes, making good dental care a priority. Regular visits to see your family dentist are needed for cleaning and exams, but you must do your part as well. 

Four Steps to Optimum Oral Health

1. Brush twice daily: Brush correctly and use the best tools available to maintain your best oral condition.

There is a proper technique for the ideal result … use small circular strokes brushing the front, top, and back of all teeth. Never use a sawing, back and forth motion as this can prematurely wear away precious enamel and gum tissue. Apply moderate pressure – scrubbing isn’t necessary.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Consider an electric toothbrush; most include a timer so you will brush the recommended two minutes twice each day.

2. Floss daily: Brushing only reaches about two thirds of the teeth’s surfaces. The only way to clean between teeth is through flossing. There are multiple types available; find the one that works best for you. When done properly, flossing removes food debris and invigorates gum tissue.

3. Watch what you eat and drink: It’s not just sugar that damages teeth. Carbohydrates also contribute to plaque formation on teeth. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables; the crunchier the better. Drink water for proper hydration.

4. See your dentist regularly: Tartar forms on teeth, and the only way to remove it is with a visit to the dental office. Plaque and tartar can lead to dental decay and the onset of gum disease.

The Perils of Decay and Gum Disease 

A decayed tooth may require more than a filling; infection can lead to the need for endodontic therapy (root canal). If this occurs, the only other option is tooth loss.

Your family dentist will most always advise saving biological teeth whenever possible. The loss of one or more teeth alters eating habits, can lead to problems with neighboring teeth, and can impact self-esteem.

Tobacco use in any form is very often a precursor to gum disease and the potential for tooth loss.

We only get one set of permanent teeth so do everything you can to keep them healthy. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Forever Young Dentistry today.