When it comes to the teeth, there are a few measures you can take to ensure that they remain in their best health. Preventative dentistry is intended to help our Knoxville patients avoid tooth decay and other dental health problems. Once tooth decay occurs, it can damage both the enamel of the teeth and the underlying dentin. When tooth decay develops, patients could end up needing restorative or cosmetic dentistry work. This could include the placement of dental crowns if your teeth suffer extensive damage. However, if you heed the following tips, you might not require any work on your teeth, ensuring that you have beautiful and healthy teeth for the rest of your life.
Everyone should brush the teeth two to three times per day. You will want to brush them in the morning after breakfast, or as soon as you wake up, and at night before you go to bed. During the day, brush the teeth or rinse the mouth with water after eating to prevent plaque build-up.
Flossing your teeth every day is also a good idea. Brushing alone doesn’t always get rid of the plaque that can form between teeth. If the plaque isn’t regularly cleared, it can turn into tartar, which is even harder to remove without the help of a dentist. Flossing is a great way to get rid of food particles that become lodged between the teeth. Daily flossing can help keep your teeth extra clean and healthy.
Eating a nutritious and balanced diet is also essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Try to stay away from simple carbohydrates such as potato chips, pretzels, and candy, as these foods stay on the surface of your teeth.
Speak to your dentist about using fluoride. Ask him or her how it can help you and how often you should rinse your mouth out with it. Fluoride can actually make your teeth stronger and is a good option for anyone with weakened teeth. Children should drink at least a pint a day of fluoridated water to prevent them from getting tooth decay.
Most importantly, seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups is the best thing you can do for your teeth to prevent dental problems in the future. If your gums start swelling up, become red, or start bleeding, call the dentist and make an appointment right away. This could be the first sign of gum disease, gingivitis. If you or a family member starts experiencing these symptoms, an immediate visit to the dentist is in order.
Not taking care of your teeth could lead to decay, but it can also lead to cavities. If cavities are not treated, you could potentially lose a tooth.
Fortunately, simply following these easy tips to protect your teeth and mouth from dental problems can help prevent the majority of tooth ailments. For additional information on preventive dentistry tips, schedule a consultation with the capable staff of Dr. Thomas Zarger Jr.