Charleston dentist offers preventative dental care tips
Dr. Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston is committed to assisting his patients in achieving great oral health. To do so, he is providing a list of common dental care tips for prevention of conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing should be done every day. Patients are encouraged to brush their teeth after every meal to remove plaque, sugars, and acids from the enamel of the teeth, and flossing should be done at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles that can become stuck between teeth.
Diet plays a big part in not only a patient’s overall health, but also their dental health. Diets high in sugars can increase risk for tooth decay, especially when they are not properly removed from the tooth’s surface with brushing or flossing.
Fluoride and Sealants
Patients who are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease and tooth decay can speak with Dr. Greenberg about the possibility of having fluoride and sealants applied to their teeth. These can reduce the probability of developing problems with proper oral health regimens.
When patients have misaligned teeth, this creates extra spaces and crevices in which bacteria, plaque, and tartar can build up. Patients with crooked teeth may benefit from orthodontic treatments to straighten their dental arch and improve the health and beauty of their smile.
Piercing inside the mouth can develop infection and can cause extra food and bacteria to build up around it. Patients are encouraged to avoid oral piercings for better dental health.
Patients who smoke require more demanding dental care treatments than those who do not. It can increase one’s risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer. This habit can also lower one’s candidacy for many treatments including restorative solutions after tooth loss.
When patients are missing natural teeth due to disease, extraction, or trauma, they should consider a restoration to maintain the alignment and health of their smile. When teeth are missing from the dental arch, the remaining teeth can shift and result in misalignment and the need for orthodontics for better dental health.Back to Dental Library Page