While your dentist is trained to treat dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss, their main goal is to offer preventive care. Preventive care will help you avoid more extreme dental issues that may be irreversible. With a combination of at home and in office dental care, you and your dentist should be able to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Dr. Vasudha Narra and her team focus on preventive care so you won’t have to spend your valuable time and hard earned money at the dentist.
Preventive care starts with good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily is important, but it is also vital you are doing it correctly to get the full benefits. Toothbrushes should have soft bristles and when brushing, hold the toothbrush at a forty-five-degree angle towards your gum line to ensure all the food particles and plaque is removed from your gums. Floss should be handled with care so you don’t damage your gums in the process. If your teeth are close together, avoid snapping the floss in between them; simply sliding the floss back and forth with light pressure should be enough to slide the floss gently between your teeth.
Diet and Harmful Habits
Having a diet high in sugar and acid can be harmful to your teeth even if you brush and floss daily. The sugar and acid will mix with the bacteria in your mouth and lead to tooth decay. Bad habits such as tobacco use will make it twice as likely you will develop cavities and gum disease. It also makes it difficult to treat these symptoms by hindering blood flow and saliva production, slowing the healing of your gums.
In Office Cleanings and Exams
Even those with the best oral hygiene habits need cleanings. During your cleanings, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar build up in the hard to reach spaces in your teeth. They will also do a dental exam to ensure that there are no warning signs of cavities and gingivitis. If it seems like you may be developing these issues, they can reverse them quickly before they cause permanent damage.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
By simply brushing twice a day, flossing, seeing your dentist twice a year, and stopping tobacco use, you can keep your mouth healthy and avoid major dental issues. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, or slack on your oral hygiene, we can help get your oral health back on track. If you live in the Glendale, AZ area and have questions about preventive care or to schedule a cleaning, please contact our office for more information.