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Statistics suggest that we all know someone who has experienced tooth loss as an adult. The scary thing is that, in all likelihood, none of them ever expected it to happen to them. You probably think the same way. But the truth is that it really can happen to you.
So, what can you do to save your smile, appearance, health, and so forth? Well, staying on top of your preventive dentistry needs will go a long way. If you read our last post, you know that two of the conditions that contribute to most cases of adult tooth loss are advanced gum disease and untreated tooth decay.
As such, we have come up with some dos and don’ts for keeping your natural smile complete. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with us to schedule your next appointment in our Paradise, CA dentist’s office.
Do Stay Away From Added Sugars
Here’s the deal: sugar is metabolized by the bacteria in your mouth and turned into acids that erode your teeth. Over time that erosion leads to decay, toothaches, and infection. Left undiagnosed or untreated that decay will require a root canal or extraction if it doesn’t rot away on its own. Not a pretty picture, right?
Don’t Brush Immediately After Dinner
We know: it sounds counterintuitive for a dentist to be telling you NOT to brush. But your mouth is full of those aforementioned acids right after you eat, and running a brush through that can be bad for your enamel. Eventually this loss of enamel can lead to you developing cavities and putting your smile at risk. Try to wait about 30 minutes before you even pick up the brush. At that point you should brush for another two minutes at least.
Do Replace Your Toothbrush Often
We know it is easy to get attached to something you see every day. It is also easy to get lazy. But don’t keep a toothbrush around for more than three months before replacing it. If you hang onto the old one, you’ll be putting old bacteria and random bathroom gunk into your mouth twice a day. If you keep doing it, you could develop an infection or worse.
Don’t Neglect Your Gums
Remember, gum disease is a major factor in tooth loss. If your gums are not healthy, they won’t be able to hold your teeth in place. When that support structure is gone, they will begin to loosen and drop out altogether. That’s when the real trouble begins. Watch out for early warning signs like bleeding when brushing, soreness, and the like.
Do Drink Plenty Of Water
It should come as no surprise that your body needs plenty of water to stay healthy. Your mouth does too. Your saliva is actually produced with the help of water. Saliva washes away dangerous bacteria, food particles, and acids to keep disease and decay at bay. Plus, it will help your breath from turning bad.
Don’t Forget To Floss Every Day
Brushing is the beginning but it will never be enough. There will always be food, tartar, plaque, and bacteria lurking in those hard to reach areas between your teeth. To get the job done you will need to find the dental floss on a daily basis.
Do Visit Our Paradise, CA Dentist’s Office
When it comes to maintaining excellent oral health, there is a lot to think about. Even though our list is not comprehensive, the most important thing to remember is to always keep your dentist in the know.
At a modern office like ours, we have all the tools, technology, and training that is necessary for saving your smile the easy way. You should be taking advantage of our professional teeth cleanings, thorough oral exams, and other preventive dentistry measures every 3-6 months. If you come around often enough, Dr. Moores can save you from having to endure more painful and costly procedures down the road.
Don’t Delay! Call Today!
Our phone number is 530-413-7002, and we are ready to handle all of your preventive dentistry needs. We’ll give you plenty to smile about!
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