Today’s dentists can correct issues that arise with teeth and gums easier and more painlessly than ever before. However, despite the advances that have been made in general dentistry procedures, the key to maintaining optimal oral health is to prevent problems from arising in the first place, rather than having to take care of the problem down the road.
One of the best ways you can avoid having to make a trip to your dentist to have any number of general dentistry procedures performed, from simple fillings to root canal procedures or tooth extractions, is to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as you can. The good news is that doing so simply requires a commitment to maintaining a stringent oral care regimen, as well as making periodic trips to the dentist for more thorough cleanings and evaluations.
For starters, one thing you’ll want to make sure you do each day, without fail, is to brush your teeth well. This should be done at least twice per day (upon waking and before bedtime), although it is recommended that you try to brush your teeth after each meal if possible. If you cannot do so, then many dentists recommend that you at least swish around some clean water in your mouth for a few seconds to try to dislodge any stuck on food particles or bacteria that can otherwise sit on the surface of your teeth and lead to decay.
Brushing should be thorough enough so that you hit all areas within the mouth to make sure they’re clean. It is suggested that you spend about two minutes during each tooth brushing session to give yourself the time you need to get the job done right. This is about the time it takes to hum “Happy Birthday” in your head, if you don’t have a clock or timer nearby. Be sure to hit all angles of your teeth and especially brush around the gum line for maximum protection.
Another critical element of maintaining good dental health is to floss your teeth each day. Although most people are okay with the twice-per-day brushing routine, many still fail to take the time to floss daily. Not doing so leaves about 35% of your tooth surface untouched and can also leave behind debris near the gum line and between teeth that can not only lead to tooth decay, but to gum disease as well.
You’ll also want to visit your dentist regularly to have professional cleanings performed, as well as to have the dentist check your teeth for any signs of problems. Even if you have issues that require general dentistry procedures, taking care of a small problem right away avoids the possibility that it turns into a bigger problem down the road. After all, wouldn’t you rather take care of a needed dental filling now rather than having to undergo a more extensive procedure in the future because you didn’t halt the decay?
Maintaining optimal dental health requires a commitment on your part, but one that is not too difficult to stick to. A regular oral health routine will keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best, and will help to avoid any undesired trips to the dentist for additional dental work.
For more information about overall dental health, as well as the types of general dentistry procedures we offer, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.