How Do I Keep My Teeth Healthy?

Having the healthiest possible gums and teeth requires a lifetime commitment. The tips that are detailed below can help you avoid the debilitating infection of the gums known as periodontal disease. Every day, you need to take care of your teeth. Ideally you should do this by brushing within the first hour of eating. You should also flush debris from in and around your teeth by vigorously swishing a mouthful of water or mouthwash. And you should floss at least once a day.

Always make sure that you schedule regular dental checkups. This way, you have a chance at receiving an early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease before it gets out of hand. Make sure your dentist restores any broken or missing teeth to maintain a proper bite and good oral health. And while you’re at it, have your hygienist/dentist clean your teeth at least twice a year, more often if needed. Long-term users of smokeless tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users. Stopping the use of all tobacco products can eliminate the cause of some bad breath and stains on the teeth, and help you to avoid oral cancer and other serious problems.

There are a number of signs that warn us of impending dental health issues. For example, if bad breath remains even after you’ve brushed, decay or periodontal disease may be present. If your gums are puffy or bleeding, you might have periodontal disease. If your teeth seem to be getting “longer”, it may be a sign of bone recession. If warning signs are ignored for to long, gum disease and/or tooth loss may result. These problems can be minimized or eliminated with the proper dental treatment.

Healthy teeth and gums are vitally important to living a happy and fulfilling life. Teeth and gums don’t take care of themselves. Each of us must do our part, such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Your dentist will help you improve and maintain your oral health.