When you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, and develop the habits that support optimal oral well-being, you’re putting yourself in an excellent position to assist our dentist in Ocean, Laura Branigan, DMD in ensuring that incidents of cavities, gum disease, toothaches, and infections are as infrequent as possible.
Your diet should always be nutritious, because it promotes strong teeth and gum tissue. More specifically, sugar and starch should be avoided to the extent that you are able. Both of them cause you to develop dental plaque, a bacterial substance that is primarily responsible for tooth decay, which then leads to the formation of cavities. Dental plaque is also the reason why gum disease arises. Irritation, inflammation, and even infection may plague your gums and cause you a variety of potential consequences, from bad breath to loss of gum and bone tissue. So there is good reason to keep dental plaque to a minimum. Our dentist in Ocean recommends that you brush your teeth first thing and last thing every day, along with doing so after meals. Add to that a vigorous flossing at bedtime, and you’re likely to eliminate most or even all of the dental plaque on and between your teeth and gums. Our dentist in Ocean is pleased to show you the best techniques for brushing and flossing. It’s not so much that you can do it “wrong” as it is that doing it ideally can produce even more effective outcomes.
You should see our dentist in Ocean every six months for a complete oral examination and a professional teeth cleaning. And when you do come in, if you follow the guidelines that we’ve outlined above, it is far more likely that your visit will be routine, and that you will have neither cavities nor gum disease. And in those cases where there is treatment required, you can be sure that the severity of the difficulties you face are not nearly as alarming as they would be otherwise. Contact us to set up an appointment.