There is a reason why you should see your dentist for twice a year cleanings and exams. Some people delay these visits or assume they aren’t necessary until something hurts. However, you wouldn’t wait for your automobile’s oil light to go on before scheduling an oil and filter change, would you? Of course not, because you know the risk and potential expense that this delay could mean. Your mouth is no different.
In this office, we are a ‘no lecture’ zone, which means patients are always treated with respect. Yet, when presenting treatment plans and fees to repair problems that arose primarily from neglect, we know – and deep down, so does the patient – that, “This could have easily been prevented in the first place.”
Quality-care dentists want you to help you NOT need them and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. This can be achieved by being committed to the following easy, simple steps!
– Brush with a medium or soft bristle toothbrush for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
– Use a tongue scrapper daily to remove embedded bacteria. Make several swipes starting at the back, rinsing after each pass. These are available in oral care sections of most drug stores. Or, use your toothbrush to go over your tongue thoroughly after brushing. Swish with water several times.
– Floss your teeth daily. This seems such a difficult task for adults, yet, once in the habit, it’s easy, fast, and you’ll be able to tell when you’ve missed a day.
– If you take medications that are drying to the mouth, drink lots of water and use an oral rinse to supplement the moisture needed. Saliva is a natural cleanser to the mouth. Insufficient amounts due to age or drying medications make you more susceptible to bacterial buildup.
While some people are simply more susceptible to oral bacteria, these are simple, inexpensive steps can help to prevent the majority of problems that result in dental repairs. Additionally, you’ll be enhancing your overall health through lowered risk of systemic inflammation that oral bacteria can trigger. This has been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies, and more.
If you’re behind on dental care or would like a no-cost consultation to discuss your needs, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.