Basic Guide to Your Dental Health
What is basic dental care?
Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, and foods low in sugar and starches.
Why is basic dental care important?
Prevents tooth decay.
Prevents gum (periodontal) disease, which can destroy the tissues and bones that support your teeth, and may also increase susceptibility to other diseases/conditions.
Shortens time with the dentist and dental hygienist, and makes the visit more pleasant.
Saves money. By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can reduce the need for fillings and other costly procedures.
Helps prevent bad breath.
Improves overall health, reducing the bacterial loads your body has to fight off on a constant basis.
Are there ways to avoid dental problems?
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires good nutrition and regular brushing and flossing.
Brush your teeth twice a day (in the morning and before bed), and floss once a day. This removes plaque, the sticky film harboring bacteria that can lead to damaged teeth, gums, and surrounding bone.
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.
Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar, like snacks, soda, etc.
Avoid using tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer.
Schedule regular trips to the dentist, based on your specific needs.