Dental checkups include screenings for oral cancer, a serious oral disease of the mouth, lips, or throat. Like most cancers, it is treatable if detected early.
- Gum (Periodontal) Disease.
Gum disease is one of the principal causes of tooth loss; gum disease has also been linked to other diseases, such as diabetes. If detected early, it can be treated quite effectively.
- Dental Cleanings.
Your dentist wants to prevent problems before they happen – regular checkups and cleanings will help to maintain your teeth and gums.
- Brush and Floss Twice Daily.
This helps to prevent cavities by removing the plaque which causes tooth decay. This daily practice is extremely important in preventing gum disease.
- Bad Breath.
Bad breath maybe the result of a dental problem. In many situations, there is a direct link between bad breath and poor dental health. Mouthwash will only mask the problem, not treat it.
- Proper Nutrition.
High sugar levels combined with the bacteria in your mouth will cause tooth decay and gum disease. Foods high in acid erode enamel. Poor nutrition can contribute to poor oral health.
- Dental Problems Do Not Get Better Without Treatment.
If your dentist recommends a treatment plan for you, ask questions so you understand all the facts and make a decision that is right for your oral health.
- Dental digital x-rays
Remember to allow your dentist and hygienist to take x-rays when needed. They allow the dentist to see areas not visible to the eye, x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool.
- A Root Canal is Not as Painful.
Root canal treatments are sometimes necessary to save a tooth. Given today’s technology, these treatments are often comfortable and can be anxiety free.
- You Should Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months.
Bacteria from your teeth transfers to your toothbrush – if you have gum disease, the rate of this transfer increases. You must change your tooth brush to limit this transfer of bacteria.
Your oral health is connected to your overall health and often offers advance warnings of other serious medical conditions. Make sure you visit us if you have any concerns about your oral health and remember the importance of your routinely scheduled checkups.