Everybody love their smile and want it to last. A lifetime commitment to good oral heath is the bet way to lengthen the life of your natural teeth. While there can be unplanned trauma that can occur to one’s teeth, having a beautiful, natural smile in one’s old age is in the complete control of the patient.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
Many dentist offer preventive dentistry service. This is preferable to the commonly utilized restorative dentistry. Preventive dentistry is just what it sounds like. This type of dentistry involves the employment of dental care techniques that prevent the growth of plaque and tartar that causes tooth decay and gum disease. A comprehensive examination of the mouth, including an oral cancer screening and x-rays, and a thorough, deep cleaning are the common preventative dental options used. Other preventative dental procedures may include the issuance of a sports mouth guard for athletes and a night sleep guard for those with Bruxism. The goal of preventative dentistry is to preserve the health and strength of the teeth and gums to discourage the development of plaque and tartar and make the teeth and gums more resistant against decay and disease.
Proper at-home oral hygiene is also needed for tooth decay and gum disease prevention. This involves daily tooth brushing and flossing. It is mandate that one brushes his or her teeth two times in a day for two minutes each time using toothpaste and a soft to medium toothbrush. Toothbrushes must be replaced in every three months to avoid germs into the mouth. If you have been sick, change out your toothbrush after getting prevent yourself from sick. Applying too much pressure or brushing too harshly can irritate and damage soft gum tissue and scrap off tooth enamel.
Dr. Michael Tran, a dentist in Houston, TX at Floss Dental believe that good oral hygiene is the foundation of a healthy lifelong smile. There are two key components of good oral hygiene:
- Daily brushing and flossing
- Two routine preventive care visits per year.
The foundation of sound preventive dental care is brushing. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, unless the child is under the age of 3. If a child is younger than age 3, parents should clean their child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste.
In our busy lives, the most important times of brushing are in the morning ad at bedtime. But we can brush our teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:
- In the morning after breakfast.
- After lunch or right after school.
- After dinner.
- At bedtime.
As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, or every 3 months, replace the toothbrush with a new one. Teach your child not to swallow any toothpaste, and to rinse their mouth thoroughly with water after they finish brushing. It is important they carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.
Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth. Another choice is using flossers with floss attached to a small plastic handle.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a Great Beginnings staff member know at your next appointment.
The Smile and Age:
One’s smile undergoes natural changes as one ages. Good, routine oral hygiene is especially important for young children and older adults. For young children, their teeth are still developing and growing in. Good oral hygiene that is established early can set a child up with strong teeth and gums for their adult life. After a certain age, one’s bone tissue in the jaw begin to naturally deteriorate and become brittle. The jawbone is what holds the teeth in place and keeps them secure when chewing. Regardless of whether you have a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet, you can still lose your teeth simply because of diminished jaw bone density. The teeth themselves can also become more sensitive and brittle from a lifetime of wear and tear, which, combined with the lack of dexterity common for older adults, can make teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
While teeth and bone density naturally diminish in one’s older age, a lifetime practice and commitment to preventative dental care can help prolong the life of your smile and lower one’s risk of dental issues.
If it has been longer than six months since your last dental appointment, contact your dentist today to schedule your routine cleaning and examination.