Oral Hygiene

Oral HygieneKeep up with your oral hygiene for a healthy smile, fresh breath, and good overall better health.

You can lessen the chance of heart attack and other ailments when you have good oral health. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing is a couple things you can do. It is important to also visit your dentist for a check up at least every 6 months, or as recommended by your dentist. Check your gums to make sure they’re pink and that the gum line hugs teeth tightly (your gums should not bleed when you brush). If you smoke, quitting smoking helps to prevent the risk of oral cancer and gum infection. Taking care of your oral health through regular dental care means you'll save the life of your teeth and be able to talk, smile and eat comfortably. If you're experiencing tooth loss or other oral health issues, or if you simply want to prevent problems, we are here to help.

 

Some common dental issues you may be experiencing we can help you with. We can also offer simple tips and solutions to solve them: Oral Hygiene

  • Bad breath, called Bad Breath Halitosis, is the third most frequent reason for seeing a dentist, after tooth decay and periodontal diseases. Causes include infrequent brushing and flossing, gum disease, dry mouth, smoking and diet. Strategies for combating chronic halitosis include using a tongue scraper, chewing sugarless gum (the best natural option is choosing one with Xylitol or Stevia rather than sugar or Aspartame). Washing your mouth by gargling with mouthwash and drinking lots of water are other ways to combat or solve bad breath. ALWAYS follow good oral hygiene guidelines, which include regular brushing and flossing.

  • Cavities are holes in teeth caused by decay which occurs after decay has worn away the tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly. Eat healthy foods and avoid foods high in sugar. Dry mouth is a concern also.

  • Dry mouth is caused by the reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help your mouth wash away food debris and control bacteria. Symptoms of dry mouth include hoarseness, persistent sore throat, problems swallowing and dry nasal passages. Certain medications and diseases can cause dry mouth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can aggravate dry mouth conditions. If you suffer from dry mouth, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss different treatment methods. 

  • Gum disease, sometimes called periodontal disease, can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen or tender. Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless, which means that you may not be able to detect it on your own. At the root of gum disease is infection caused by bacteria. Like many infections, gum disease can be treated with an antibiotic. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call today or come visit us. Early detection of gum disease can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years. The longer you wait, the worse it can get. 

  • Many people are affected by TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the head. The joint is stabilized by muscles that make it possible to open and close the mouth. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joints is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Common symptoms include: Tenderness or pain in the face, jaw and ear and difficulty chewing. Discomfort headaches, painful clicking of the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, locking jaw, or teeth that don't come together properly while biting or chewing are all symptoms of TMJ. If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss.

  • Tooth sensitivity is very common and caused by a weakened enamel. People with sensitive teeth may feel discomfort or pain from hot or cold beverages and foods and also sweets. Some people can also notice sensitivity from brushing or flossing. The dentist can help by providing fluoride treatments that can help strengthen the enamel and improve your sensitivity. Also, using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth may help.

  • Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. If erosion is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. To protect against tooth erosion, brush and floss regularly, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, and avoid sugary foods. Also, try using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, including natural fruit juices, which are very acidic.

  • Smoking has a negative impact on every facet of your health, and all forms of tobacco can cause dental problems. Smokers and tobacco users are at greater risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. Tobacco products cause permanent stains which cannot be removed by brushing, and smoking can also cause a heavy build-up of tartar, requiring more frequent cleanings.

It is important to discuss any of these symptoms with a dentist for the best treatment options for you. Contact our office for an appointment today.