General Oral Health
What is plaque?
Plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, tender or bleed easily. After some time, gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and fill with more bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. Gum disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults. Watch your diet and limit your intake of sweet food and drinks to mealtimes only - when you can follow up with toothbrushing to remove plaque and prevent acid attack.
What is daily oral health care?
The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces. Brush your teeth twice a day, with sonicare or a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay. Cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss or interdental cleaners removes plaque from between the teeth where the toothbrush can't reach. It is essential in preventing gum disease. Follow these tips to keep your teeth and mouth clean:
How do I best brush my teeth?
How do I floss my teeth?
People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner. These aids include special brushes, picks or sticks. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist about how to use them properly, to avoid injuring your gums.
Why bother with dental health, especially with time and financial constraints?
There may be countless personal priorities (time, finances, etc.) that may postpone or cause avoidance regarding a person's desire for a healthy mouth and a dazzling smile. In the long run, however, tooth decay that could be easily cared for by a conservative filling, after less than a year's neglect, may result in root canal therapy and a crown at a cost of twelve to fifteen times the cost of a filling. It is important to ask your dentist how often you need a check-up to avoid costly and more complex treatment.