By committing to healthy habits, you make an investment in your oral health. You only get one set of permanent teeth in life, and it’s wise to take care of your teeth and gums so that you can enjoy the benefits of good oral health. Our practice is dedicated to educating patients on how to care for their teeth, gums, and other oral structures. From practicing proper oral hygiene to limiting sugar in your diet, easy-to-follow oral health tips can make a big impact in preventing disease. Our dentists offer insight on how you can take a proactive approach to safeguarding your dental health.
Commit to Proper Oral Hygiene and Regular Checkups
Brushing and flossing properly only takes a few minutes out of your day, yet some patients neglect their oral health by foregoing brushing or flossing regularly and properly. When you skip brushing your teeth or flossing, you are helping bacteria colonize. When bacteria thrive, plaque begins to form on teeth and the gum line. Plaque is a semi-translucent substance that will harden into tartar once it is exposed to calculus. Plaque and tartar contribute to dental caries and periodontal (gum) disease. Teeth cannot self-heal, and when they are damaged by cavities, the decay will only deepen if a patient doesn’t receive professional treatment. The same principle goes for gum disease, if a patient does not care for his or her mouth with oral hygiene and receive regular cleanings and checkups, gum disease can advance into a very destructive condition that causes tooth, gum, and bone loss.
Limit Sugar and Starches in Your Diet
Starches and sugar feed bacteria. Every time you drink a sugary beverage or eat a starchy food, the bacteria in your mouth go on a feeding frenzy. By limiting sugar and starch intake, you can starve oral bacteria. If you do consume starch or sugar, drink clear water to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth afterwards.
If you have questions about oral hygiene techniques, our staff is happy to provide instruction and further tips. To schedule a cleaning or examination, call the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor at your convenience.