Oral care is an important element to your overall health and well-being even though at times it may be overlooked. Poor dental hygiene can lead to an array of different problems including tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other more serious illnesses such as heart disease and increased risk for respiratory disease and even diabetes.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Receiving regular dental cleanings is one aspect of oral health that should be adhered to. It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and a checkup. By following these scheduled appointments, your dentist will be able to help you diagnose any problems you may be experiencing early on so that you can immediately begin a treatment plan.
During a cleaning, the dentist can also remove some surface stains such as coffee or tobacco stains and polish your teeth, so they are beautiful and shine as bright as you do. A white and bright smile can go far in boosting your self-confidence.
Regular cleanings can also help prevent bad breath, or halitosis, which affects a large majority of people. Good oral hygiene is the first defense against protecting your mouth from these problems and getting a jump on treatment and prevention.
Treatment and Prevention
There are several things you can do between appointments to continue to encourage healthy oral habits:
- You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months
- Flossing should be done at least once a day
- Brushing your tongue daily will help to remove any bacteria that is in your mouth and will also help to freshen your breath
- Fluoride treatments can also prove to be effective for some patients
Following a good oral health plan can help alleviate a number of problems including red and swollen gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, persistent bad breath, bad toothache, and even an abscess.
General dentistry provides a diagnosis, treatment, and prevention plans for all kinds of dental conditions and they can also guide you through the maintenance and care of your oral health. To schedule your free consultation, call today, and take the steps to maintaining your bright smile.