Practicing good oral hygiene every day is really the first step to good overall oral and physical health. Making sure you keep up with regular office visits for cleanings and exams every six months will allow us to keep you informed of how things are going and how well you are doing.
There is never anything wrong with having that information. We can talk about which steps to take to keep you at your best. Let us go over some things you can do to keep your adult teeth as long as possible.
Things You Can Do To Avoid Getting DenturesYou probably already know to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, and that is a great start. Brushing and flossing will help you to get rid of the bacteria growing on the surfaces of your teeth and gums and will help remove food particles from between the teeth.
Coming in for regular cleanings allows us to get into all those spaces you just can't access at home. Making sure you brush properly is also very important. We recommend that you use a soft bristle electric toothbrush and that you don't brush too hard. Brushing too hard can wear away tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede, which can increase tooth sensitivity.
Watching what you eat and drink is another factor in how long you will have your adult teeth. We can go over which foods and drinks are more appropriate in your diet that do less damage to your teeth. The amount of sugar or acid in foods can contribute to tooth decay, while biting down on hard foods can sometimes cause teeth to break.
Remember that coming in routinely is the only way to keep up to date on your oral health. Keeping an open communication with us is the best way to prevent tooth loss. We do have options for things that can come up as long as any concerns are addressed as soon as possible. We would rather get you in to fill a cavity than pull a tooth. We don't want you to experience any pain or discomfort at any time.
As long as you take the time to make sure you are doing whatever you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy there really is no reason you can't keep your adult teeth for a lifetime. We understand things can happen, but know we are here to help you fix it.
There are several options available to you before having a full set of dentures. Please contact us so we can get you in to talk about what we can do to help. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (614) 973-6585 today.