Tooth loss is no pleasure for anyone, but the best part is that it can be avoided quickly. The teeth are intended to last you for life and they will be able to achieve this aim with the proper care. Nonetheless, neglecting your teeth or believing that their loss is somehow inevitable is all too easy. For as long as possible, if you want to enjoy your natural smile, follow our tips below.
Do Not Miss Your Regular Checkups
This is absolutely essential as a regular checkup is the best possible way of avoiding tooth loss and keeping your teeth longer. By allowing us to check your teeth and gums, we can soon pick up any small problems before they become likely to threaten the health of your teeth.
See Your Hygienist Regularly
Hygiene appointments are also extremely important as even if you are meticulous about brushing and flossing, it is easy to miss out certain areas allowing plaque and calculus to build up. Calculus is simply hardened plaque bacteria and it produces toxins that can soon inflame and infect your gums leaving you at risk of developing gum disease which is the most common cause of tooth loss worldwide.
Active At-Home Maintenance
We recommend brushing teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night to remove bacteria and plaque build-up from any leftover food. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste will ensure teeth remain strong and healthy and are resistant to decay. While brushing is important, it does not reach everything. This is why we recommend flossing between each tooth once a day as well. Brushing alone only cleans two-thirds of the tooth and the remaining third is left untouched. Without flossing food and bacteria can remain on the tooth’s surface for days building up plaque and eventually leading to decay.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (480) 867-1727.