With proper care, your teeth can last for a lifetime. By visiting the dentist for routine checkups, scheduling a teeth cleaning twice a year, and practicing proper oral hygiene at home, you can greatly reduce your risk for developing common oral diseases. The objective of preventive dentistry is to keep oral tissue healthy so that patients can save money and time on potentially expensive and invasive treatments when oral health problems go untreated for long periods of time. Following are some helpful tips for keeping your smile safe.
The Importance of a Teeth Cleaning
Receiving dental cleanings on a regular basis is important for preventing periodontal (gum) disease. A dental cleaning removes substances that you cannot remove on your own – especially in hard to reach places such as between teeth and just below the gum line. Tartar, a chief contributor to gum disease, must be scraped away with professional dental instruments. Removing tartar is one of the objectives behind a dental cleaning. During cleanings, our hygienists will look for signs of inadequate oral hygiene practices along with signs of enamel damage and gum inflammation. Enamel damage and gum inflammation can lead to the development of serious oral health conditions.
Oral Hygiene and Disease Prevention
Next to professional preventive care, practicing thorough and proper oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone health. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Flossing once per day is also essential to disrupting colonies of bacteria that form along the gum line and for cleaning between teeth. We recommend that our patients use oral hygiene products, toothpastes, and oral rinses approved by the American Dental Association.
Common oral conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease can severely affect oral health when left undiagnosed and untreated. For example, advanced gum disease literally destroys teeth, gums, and bone. By preventing disease, patients can enjoy vibrant oral health while also avoiding potentially costly and time-consuming treatment.
Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today to schedule a checkup or cleaning.