An important part of your comprehensive oral exam is evaluating your dental hygiene and periodontal health. Dr. Thomas will answer all of your questions about proper home dental care, and help you develop a system that keeps your smile healthy.
Hygiene and periodontal health are critical to your smile’s comfort, beauty, and functionality. When you take good care of your smile, your future in dental care is bright. When you maintain excellent dental hygiene practices and optimal periodontal health, you also:
- Prevent tooth loss.
- Keep jaw functional.
- Avoid expensive and elaborate dental procedures.
- Prevent tooth and jaw pain.
- Promote whole-body health.
Brushing and Flossing
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes. We suggest a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every three months.
Patients should also floss at least once each day to prevent bacteria from building between the teeth. Flossing also protects the gumline from periodontitis.
Maintaining a Balanced Diet
Your diet takes a huge toll on your dental hygiene. Patients who consume large quantities of soda, fruit drinks, and sugary snacks are at greater risk for tooth decay. A proper diet that is good for your teeth and your systemic health includes a balance of the food groups and lots of water.
Receiving Regular Checkups and Cleanings
You can remain aware of your dental hygiene and periodontal health with regular visits to your general dentist. Dr. Thomas can often complete your checkup and cleaning in less than an hour. If there are any issues that should be addressed, she will tackle them right away. It is easier, more comfortable, and more affordable to treat health complications before they develop.
Protecting Your Periodontal Health
Prevent the gums from becoming inflamed with brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Thorough preventative care will help protect you against the consequences of gum disease, like tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
If Dr. Thomas finds that you are showing signs of gum disease, she will work with you to change your in-office and at-home routine until your health improves. Patients with mild periodontal disease can benefit from deep cleaning processes, whereas more severe cases may be referred to specialists.
Contact Us Today
Your teeth and gums are both essential when it comes to dental hygiene. We can provide information, advice, and an in-depth look at your health. Contact our office today.