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Basics of Dental Care

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
Basics of Dental CareDid you know that your oral health is interlinked with your overall health? Negligence in your oral healthcare regime can lead to oral diseases, which can, in turn, leave you more susceptible to heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, pneumonia and even multiple types of cancers.

Not to worry, though, as you can avoid these by following a proper oral healthcare routine. Here we revise the basics of dental care to ensure you are well aware of all that you should be doing and why.

Brush Your Teeth

Well, start with the most basic oral care requirements, brushing your teeth. If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need to brush your teeth twice daily. Doing so prevents plaque formation and prevents tooth decay.

Preventing Plaque

Plaque is a sticky film that forms over your teeth after you eat. The sticky film releases bacteria that damage tooth enamel and attacks the gums. If left un-cleaned, it can stick to your teeth and turn into calculus and tartar, which develops into gingivitis.

What is Gingivitis

Gingivitis is gum inflammation and an early symptom of periodontitis, gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, bad breath, sore and bleeding gums, teeth sensitivity, and pain when chewing.

Gingivitis is preventable and reversible; however, if it develops into periodontitis, it is no longer reversible, and your dentist will have to prescribe medication for disease management and perform restorative dental procedures.

Understanding Cavities

The number one cause of tooth decay or cavities is plaque formation. If the sticky film is allowed to remain on your teeth for long, it wreaks havoc on your tooth, destroying tooth enamel. Over time, bacteria seep into the damaged tooth cover, creating cavities and leading to tooth decay.

If your teeth are becoming increasingly sensitive, they have holes in the enamel, or you experience pain when biting down or chewing, visit a dentist immediately as these can be an indication of tooth decay.

Dental Care Routine

To help you maintain optimal oral health, we list the proper at-home dental care routine.

•  Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time.
•  Brush your tongue to remove bacteria completely
•  Floss daily, especially before going to bed.
•  Change your toothbrush every three months and after a cold or flu.
•  Use a mouthwash to get rid of bacteria that cause mouth odor

Lastly, do not skip out on your regular dental checkups, as your dentist can help you maintain optimal oral health.

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