Many people only think of going to their dentist in Arlington when they have a problem such as a toothache or a broken tooth. However, preventive dental care can help you catch any potential problems early – or possibly avoid them completely.
After all, a healthy mouth is a key part of having a healthy body. And tooth and gum disease can contribute to more than just oral problems – they can potentially contribute to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems and pregnancy issues.
Twice yearly visits to the dentist are standard recommendations for preventive care; if you have gingivitis or gum disease, your dentist may recommend a more frequent treatment schedule. But why go visit the dentist when nothing’s wrong? Having a preventive check-up, cleaning and periodic x-rays help reduce the natural buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If left untreated, over time, plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
By far, the most important way to take charge of your oral health is regular brushing and flossing. By brushing and flossing at least twice a day, you can make sure that food particles and bacteria don’t remain on your teeth which can eventually lead to tooth decay. Additionally, when you regularly floss and brush, you stimulate your gums to help avoid gingivitis or gum disease from forming.
Your dentist or dental hygienist can show you the correct way to brush and floss your teeth, as well as what type of toothbrush to use. In general:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
- Using a circular motion, move your brush back and forth across your teeth.
- Be sure to brush the front, back, sides and tops of all your teeth.
- Also be sure to brush your gums and your tongue to get rid of any bacteria.
- Remember to replace your toothbrush every couple of months so it doesn’t wear out.
Regular preventive care visits to your dentist can help you maintain your oral health, as well as your general health. Let us help keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy now – and in the future. Call the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush at 817-465-0355 to schedule your next exam.