We have all heard the saying, prevention is the best medicine. As true as this saying is with many things in life, it is also very accurate when applied to oral health. We know that brushing and flossing is good for our teeth and gums, but do we really know why or how these help? Also, are we aware that there are other things we can do to that will allow us to reap great oral health rewards? Helping to educate patients on ways to keep their winning smile is our passion at Advanced Dental Health.
Individualized Home Care Recommendations
Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to maintain a healthy smile. We have all heard this advice from the time we are quite young and it is good advice. However, how you brush and floss makes a difference and is really just the beginning. Choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash are important factors and makes a big difference in helping or harming your teeth and gums. Proper technique and frequency also can be the difference between doing a good thing for your mouth or causing unintentional damage. At Advanced Dental health, we are firm believers in the benefit of using an oral irrigator daily as well as brushing and flossing. Our hygienists are experts in gently guiding you to the right home care routine for your specific dental needs.
Genetics Do Matter
Just as some of us are born with a genetic predisposition to certain medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, we can also be at a genetic disadvantage when it comes to the health of our teeth or gums. Decay (or cavities) and periodontal disease (or gum disease) are both caused by specific types of bacteria. Every person has a certain susceptibility to these types of bacteria which contributes to your overall risk of developing cavities or gum disease throughout your lifetime.
Good vs. Bad Bacteria
Every day, our mouths are a constant battlefield for healthy and unhealthy bacteria fighting for dominance. Our natural pH plays a role as does our diet and daily habits. Unhealthy bacteria thrive in a more acidic environment while healthy bacteria flourish in a more basic or neutral pH environment. Your natural pH level combined with what you eat and drink throughout the day help tip that balance. Most of us have heard about soda being bad for our teeth and this is true. However, sometimes we erroneously think it is only the sugar that is bad when, in actuality, the acid plays a significant role in causing the damage to our oral health. This change in understanding of the dental disease process illuminates the fact that even some otherwise healthy foods and drinks may have a harmful impact on our dental health. Our clinical staff at Advanced Dental Health is uniquely qualified to help you identify things you are doing that may increase the acidity in your mouth thereby increasing the potential for the unhealthy bacteria to cause problems to your oral health. We can also recommend products that can help you lower the acidity in your mouth if we determine you are in need of such products.
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