The Importance Of Preventative Dental Care

The Importance Of Preventative Dental Care

Most of us make the mental connection between our nutritional intake and the direct effects on the health of our body. Somehow many of us overlook the direct effect the intake of food has on our oral health, as well as the indirect effect oral health has on our overall health. In order to maintain our oral health, preventative dental care is necessary.
Just as you use your family doctor’s office for booster shots and regular checkups to maintain general health, a family dental office will enable you to provide your family with the preventative dental care that they need to maintain oral health as well. Preventative dental care includes work done at your family dental office by your dentist as well as daily dental work that you perform on your own mouth. Some examples of preventative dental care done in office are regular checks for cavities and keeping up on your cleanings done every six months. Dental hygiene done daily at home will keep your mouth clean so as to make it an inhospitable environment to bacteria. Bacteria tend to build up in dark, moist areas. This happens in places, like the cracks between the tooth and gum, the spaces in between teeth, and the crevices on the chewing surfaces.
There are multiple ways to get rid of these bacteria in order to stay orally healthy. Brushing removes a lot of germs and plaque (leftover food) from tooth surfaces. Flossing between teeth helps remove even more health destroying filth. Using mouthwash after brushing and flossing will keep your breath fresh, and continue to kill the bacteria in your mouth, up to 99%. Maintaining these practices on a daily basis will only serve you. Preventative dental care can help stop or eliminate problems like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria mix with the saliva in your mouth and the sugar that foods break down into. The bacteria then begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. If the problem is not taken care of with proper preventative care, this eating away of enamel eventually becomes an eating away of the dentin of the tooth, the inner white structure under the enamel. This is called getting a cavity. A cavity can begin eating away further and further into a tooth until it eventually reaches the root of the tooth and kills it. With preventative dental care that is done on a regular basis, the root remains intact greatly reducing the chance that a root canal would be needed. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease is a preventative disease in which the gums become so inflamed that they bleed and pull away from the teeth.
Keep up on your preventative care to avoid these oral health problems.

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