Most people do not enjoy visiting the dentist. There is nothing pleasant about it: the reclining chair, the smell of sterilization, and the terrifying sound of the drill. Yet visiting the 89014 dentist is one of the most important aspects of health care.
Preventative dentistry is about regular visits that can prevent pain and keep the teeth healthy, not to mention saving thousands of dollars. Even with insurance, some dental procedures like a root canal surgery are quite expensive.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends people should visit their dentist at least two times a year. Aside from regular visits to the dentist, just as important are the day-to-day oral hygiene, which involves brushing, flossing, and the fluoride treatment if recommended. Also, diet can play a significant role in maintaining healthy teeth.
Proper brushing is the cornerstone of preventative dentistry. Although it sounds basic, there is a correct way it must be done. You should use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles to avoid abrasion and damage to the gums.
The toothbrush should be tilted at a 45-degree angle to the gums. The teeth should be brushed in a gentle rolling motion several times along the inner tooth surfaces, the outer surfaces, and the chewing surfaces. The tongue also should be brushed to remove bacteria and keep the breath fresh. It is important to replace the toothbrush every three to four months.
The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and prevents tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis, a form of periodontal disease that involves inflammation and infection that destroy the tissues supporting the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets.
A length of floss should be about 18 inches, or the distance from the hand to the shoulder. It should be wrapped around the index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between the hands. The floss should be slide between the teeth, wrapping into a "C" shape around the base and under the gumline. Wiping the teeth from base to tip will pick up particles.
Both sides of the mouth and the backs of the last molars should be flossed thoroughly. Brushing the teeth after flossing is more effective.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "fluoride reduces the incidence of dental caries and slows or reverses the progression of existing lesions (i.e., prevents cavities)." It helps make teeth more resistant to decay.
The 89014 dentist can make recommendations for the use of fluoride. The easiest way is through a mouthrinse. However, it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing.
There is a long list of both beneficial and harmful foods for oral hygiene. Food and drinks that contain excessive sugar must be taken in moderation to reduce the incidence of cavities. Sugar tends to demineralize the enamel.
Preventative dentistry is critical to one's oral health. Regular visits to the dentist and a consistent regimen of oral hygiene involving brushing and flossing can help prevent cavities and gum diseases before it is too late.