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.