Healthy living includes scheduled visits to the dentist for professional cleaning, recommended at least twice a year. Good oral hygiene is more than a just happy smile; it’s related to our body’s overall health condition. Regular cleaning maintains our teeth, and checkups prevent serious problems, which can be costly. Bad oral health may be signs of health conditions from gun disease, bone loss and heart conditions. Like all health conditions, early detection makes a difference.
When it comes to oral health most conditions are treatable. Regular appointments for cleaning allow the dentist to monitor changes and recommend methods for keeping your natural teeth strong and looking great. In some cases, if tooth problems are left untreated, you stand the chance of losing your tooth which will impact the alignment of the remaining teeth and cause potential infection of the gums or weakening of the jaw bone.
Good oral health activities keep your teeth looking great.
- Decay can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing and antibacterial rinses. Eating healthy provides the nutrients for strong teeth, gums and bones. Try to limit the amount of sugary foods, sugar breaks down into acids that erode the tooth enamel over time.
- Alignment treatments are available for both children and adults. Starting children’s oral care early in life is the best prevention as they grow into their teeth.
- Sports injury from riding a bike to playing field sports can be a threat to teeth without a mouth guard. Most sporting goods stores have mouth guards for all ages to ensure the right fit and protection. Even better, Cardinal Dental Group can fabricate you a mouthguard, customized in fit and function for your particular sport.
The best method for curing and preventing these oral conditions are visits to the dentist.
- We’ve all had bad breath, known as halitosis. In some cases it may be from food, but prolonged bad breath is related to oral health conditions and leads to tooth decay.
- Gum disease is an infection of the gums and in more advanced cases, the infection spreads to the tooth supporting bone, resulting in bone loss. Untreated, bone loss will eventually lead to tooth loosening and loss of teeth. Fortunately, gum disease can be treated and reversed with early detection.
- Tobacco is the major cause of stained teeth, gum disease and oral cancer, whether you are smoking or chewing, this habit can be detrimental to the health of your teeth.
If you have questions about your oral health care or need to schedule your next hygiene visit, please call us at 936-358-5597.