How can I prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems?
The number one way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems is by maintaining excellent oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss them once a day in order to keep your mouth clean and protect it from disease. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet will cut off the sugar supply for harmful plaque bacteria and help create a stronger immune system that is more resistant to oral diseases. We also recommend professional dental cleanings every six months.
Why should I floss my teeth?
When you floss, you are cleaning about 40% of the area of your teeth in places a toothbrush cannot reach. Food and plaque can easily become trapped between teeth, so it is very important to regularly clean there with floss.
Why is fluoride important for teeth?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that fights tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to cavities and rebuilding their enamel. Fluoride can be found in water, food, toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc.
Can mouthwash improve my oral health?
Studies show that when you use a mouth rinse in conjunction with daily brushing and flossing, it can help to improve your oral health. However, mouthwash cannot do so alone, brushing and flossing are still very necessary elements of an oral hygiene routine.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
If your teeth feel sensitive to pressure and temperature, then you may want to try brushing with a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If it doesn’t help your problem, then come to our office for dental restorations and other sensitive teeth treatments. In more severe cases, we may need to perform root canal therapy.
Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?
Electric toothbrushes and manual ones both show the same amount of effectiveness in cleaning teeth. However, electric toothbrushes may be the better option for people who have limited dexterity, such as those suffering from arthritis in the hands.