Preventive Care Dentistry Solutions
At Aurora Smiles Dental Care, we strongly believe that prevention is better than the cure. Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a prevalent disease in the human body. When diagnosed in its early stage, gingivitis is preventable and reversible with no long term effects.
A more serious gum condition stemming from untreated chronic gingivitis can lead to a condition called ‘Periodontitis’. Periodontitis is a disease of the gums and the supporting tissues of the teeth. It involves the gum tissue, the ligaments, and bone around the teeth. The damage to the supporting tissues from this disease is irreversible. This disease is commonly managed by general dentists however some serious cases will need to be treated by specialists.
There are certain groups of people who may have a higher risk of developing this disease like those with compromised immune systems, diabetes, pregnant women, and smokers. Periodontitis has also been linked with heart disease and premature births.
To prevent gingivitis turning into periodontitis, we recommend regular six monthly visits to our dentists and hygienist for routine examination and cleaning. This will help to minimise and manage local oral problems from becoming more extensive, systemic ones.
Preventing Dental Problems
Even if you see a dentist every six months, that won’t be enough unless you make sure you take care of your teeth at home. Here are several points to keep in mind and incorporate into your everyday life:
Brush your teeth every day. Some people think that they can just brush once per day, but this is not the best practice. Cavities, abscessed teeth, gingivitis, and other dental issues are caused by the bacteria that are naturally found in our mouths. This bacteria grows rapidly in the mouth as it is moist and wet, the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
The best way to remove this bacteria is by frequent brushing at least twice per day. Ideally, you will want to brush after every meal. If you ate anything acidic, wait for at least 30 minutes because your enamel may still be soft. Using an old toothbrush is also a bad idea, so make sure you replace yours every three to six months.
Flossing is another simple preventive measure that many patients overlook. If you do not do it frequently, it may hurt and lead to the gums bleeding. As you make it a part of your regular dental routine, you will notice that these minor annoyances quickly disappear. Flossing should be done once or twice daily.
Another important component of dental health is your diet.
The biggest cause of cavities and other dental issues are sweets as the bacteria in our mouths feeds off of sugar. Minimising your sugar intake, as well as brushing and flossing often, can go a long way in preventing these issues. It is also wise to limit eating hard foods as they can lead to weakened enamel, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and other issues.
For more information about how you can prevent dental problems, contact our offices today.