Preventative Oral Health
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease has multiple benefits including: systemic reduction in harmful bacteria ingestion, elimination of painful teeth and gums, aesthetic function and appearance, and reduction in costly treatments before they occur.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection caused by bacteria under the gum tissue that begin to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease may also be related to damage elsewhere in the body; recent studies point to associations between such oral infections and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and preterm, low-weight births. Research is underway to further examine these connections.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Our office helps you prevent disease by providing periodic oral exams and cancer screenings, routine cleanings (prophylaxis), deep cleanings (scaling and root planning), minor gum alterations to reduce deeper gum pockets, fluoride treatments, and sealants.