Regular preventive care is the best way to avoid serious long-term dental complications. Proper brushing and flossing practices are the first step toward good dental health, but even with optimal home care, problems can develop. Tartar, or mineralized plaque, appears over time on everyone's teeth, and it can cause a wide variety of problems. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist is the best way to address this issue. In this way, basic tooth and gum health can be maintained, and potentially serious problems can be dealt with as early as possible, before they cause significant damage. Regular cleaning and check-ups are a good way to avoid the expense, pain, and inconvenience associated with cavities and other dental problems.
The Lifelong Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups
We want our patients to know that professional dental care is important throught every person's life. This is what we mean when we describe ourselves as a family-oriented practice. We are equipped to treat every member of your family at every age, because dental health is important no matter whom you are. Regular professional care is the best way to avoid serious complications and more invasive dentistry late in life. It is adviseable to undergo professional cleaning and check-ups every six months.
Good childhood dental care is especially important because it establishes practices and habits for the rest of a person's life. It is important for your children to know how to take care of their own teeth, and also learn the importance of long-term professional care. By helping your child learn these things, you can set your child on the path to long-term dental health.
Diet and Oral Hygiene
According to the American Dental Health Association, foods and drinks that benefit your muscles and bones are also good for teeth and gums. Calcium and vitamin D help strengthen and re-mineralize the teeth; these ingredients can be found in most dairy products. Grains are a good source of vitamin B, which is important for healthy gum tissue. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamin C, which has a similar effect. Basic foods like milk and cheese raise the pH value of the mouth, preventing damage from acids. In fact, all food promotes saliva production, which helps maintain optimal pH value.
Exposure to sugar causes the most damage to teeth over time. It is important to remember the amount of sugar consumed in a sitting is less important than how often the teeth are exposed, since it is exposure over time that leads to tooth decay. When sugar is present in the mouth, bacteria are able to use it for food, which allows them to multiply.
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Nelson & Page Dental, P.C. 209 S 7th Street,Worland WY,US,82401 phone: 307-347-2544 (866) 945-8652 fax: 307-347-2352