Protecting Your Oral Health
At Roxborough Family Dental, our Roxborough dentistry team understands that for many patients, oral health only relates to teeth and gums. However, a growing amount of research has found surprising connections that link our oral health to our overall health.
Studies have found that patients dealing with tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic health problems that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and cancer. While researchers continue to look for what links these seemingly disparate conditions, one thing remains clear - your oral health matters.
Fortunately, you can help to protect your oral health by following the steps below.
3 Oral Health Tips!
Brush twice daily
Brushing works to remove plaque, a harmful bacteria most responsible for dental decay and disease, away from the surface of your teeth and gums. When plaque builds up it uses the foods we consume to produce acids that slowly erode away tooth enamel, leading to the development of cavities and decay. For maximum protection, you should brush once in the morning and again at night before bed.
Flossing helps to remove plaque from the areas of your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach - between your teeth and below the gum line. While the effectiveness of flossing has come under some questioning of late, our Roxborough dentistry team and the American Dental Association still recommend the habit. If you're not convinced of the effectiveness of flossing, consider this - the most commonplace for cavities to develop is between our teeth.
Regular preventative dental care
Regular exams provide our Roxborough dentistry team with the chance to spot the early signs of dental decay and disease early on while still easily treatable. Frequent cleanings provide our team of dental hygienists with the opportunity to remove tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When combined with brushing and flossing, regular preventative dental care offers the best recipe for maintaining and improving your oral health.
Our teeth feature a lot of hard to clean crevices, such as the back molars. Keeping these areas clean is important, especially for younger patients who don't yet possess the manual dexterity or attention to detail required to practice quality oral hygiene on a daily basis.
A hard plastic, dental sealant effectively "seals" teeth, preventing the effects of tooth decay. Safe, comfortable and extremely durable, dental sealants offer the lasting protection necessary to help protect a child's long-term oral health now and into the future.