Summary: By taking proper care of your teeth, you can enjoy good dental health and keep away gum and periodontal diseases. You should brush your teeth daily, along with flossing. Teeth should be brushed thoroughly, no less than twice daily.
There are so many options available for so many dental problems and with a very high rate of success.
We have learned a lot about the causes of gum disease and numerous treatments are available. Of course, the best way to prevent gum disease is with good home care. Once you have gum disease it can often be treated with antibiotics placed under the gums.
New mouth rinses can be prescribed to keep bacteria in check but if you need gum surgery we now have new surgical procedures which preserve much of your gums instead of simply removing the bad parts of your gums. Not all periodontists are familiar with these newer surgical techniques so make sure you ask about them before your treatment.
Since there are so many ways to replace missing teeth today make sure your dentist is up to date on the new dentistry. Missing teeth can be replaced with permanent or removable replacements. Removable replacements can be made of flexible or rigid material. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. Also, the clips that hold them in can be made of metal or they can look like your gums.
Ask your dentist to show you examples of each. Non-removable replacements can be done with implants or crowns. Crowns require drilling on teeth and implants are placed in the bone. Today implants can last longer than crowns and they do not get decayed like teeth with crowns on them.
Teeth can be moved with traditional braces with wires and they can be moved with clear aligners. Clear aligners are not noticeable on the teeth and are made using a computer-aided design. In our office, we can do both types of braces and sometimes we place small temporary implants in to help the teeth move.
Once your problem is evaluated we can tell you what options are possible so you can make a decision. After you complete your orthodontic treatment we can make a clear retainer that is almost invisible.
Most people still believe in that age-old practice of cleaning teeth with tooth powders and with their fingers. However, this is not true as tooth powders are found to contain highly abrasive materials that normally exhaust the tooth structure and make them rough and weary.
Cleaning teeth with fingers is one of the biggest disasters people do to their teeth as it gives an incomplete cleaning. It will leave the food particles hidden in various corners and thus decaying the teeth and gums. Dentists recommend the use of soft toothbrushes as harder ones are injurious to the gums.
It is usually recommended to get one’s tooth cleaned by a dentist at least twice a year. It is usually a misconception in the minds of most people that scaling and other cleaning procedures would make their teeth go weak and one might even lose them after such techniques.
This is actually not the case but scaling and cleaning is just a technical way involving ultrasonic and hand cleaning procedures of removing the various kinds of deposits in the gums and teeth. They help in removing that matter which is usually not removed effortlessly by normal brushing and can lead to the formation of plaques, calculus, and other deposits thus rendering the teeth weak and making them fall sooner.
Dental treatment for wastage
As most people have less time and more work, they still believe that taking any dental treatment is waste of time as they take longer and are painful. This is another thought that still prevails due to a lack of awareness among people. Due to the recent advancements in the dental sector, the long procedures have been reduced to 1- 2 sittings, and that too in case of some major dental surgeries else most of the dental treatments are winded up in one session alone. People who are scared of painful treatments must not be terrified as anesthesia and modes of anesthetizing the patient have become even more advanced.
Your dentist and your dental hygienist can together come up with a preventive dental care program that will include procedures to maintain good oral health. This program would actually reduce the requirement for you to see the dentist for restorative procedures. You, however, do need to see your dentist regularly for preventive check-ups.
During these visits, your dental hygienist will educate you on following proper home care for your gums and teeth as well as provide a customized oral health maintenance scheme. The dental health care group will also provide information on your dietary habits that could be adversely affecting your oral health.
Having good eating habits does so much for the body that it is no surprise it has great effects on dental health. Teeth are made of calcium, so they need lots of good calcium to develop well. Teeth also need strong bones to hold them in place, and strong bones come from having enough calcium.
Good nutrition should include enough calcium to take care of teeth and bones. Good nutrition should also include being careful about how many sugary foods, snacks, and sodas are eaten. These items promote tooth decay and should be eaten in moderation. So keep your great dental health by having good nutrition.
Getting regular check-ups of the teeth and gums is important in order to find out any problems and get them treated at the earliest. Many people make the mistake of using hard bristles in the hope of getting a whitening glow to the teeth. This should be avoided as it hurts the teeth. So, you have to use as soft bristles as possible.
Similarly, dentists always recommend cleaning the mouth after every meal as doing this keeps your tooth away from needless deposition of sediments. Some dental experts also suggest dry brushing where any use of toothpaste should be avoided once a fortnight or twice a month.
Doing regular flossing is also suggested by dentists, and so does the use of baking soda to minimize the risks of plaque. Smoking should be avoided and too many soft drinks or tea or coffee also impact the teeth in an adverse manner. Drinking too much of aerated drink makes the teeth brittle and one should stay away from them.