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Preventive dental care keeps your smile healthy and functional for life. At Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, Dr. Glen Marsack wants you to avoid complex treatments such as root canals, crowns, and bridgework. Following a simple yet effective dental hygiene routine is the way to accomplish this. This entails brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every day! Here is what you need to know about dental hygiene, according to your Waterford dentist:
The goals of oral hygiene
Surely, cleanliness, fresh breath, and shiny teeth are important. However, the real goals of good oral hygiene habits are:
- Removal of harmful plaque and prevention of hard tartar build-up
- Prevention of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss
- Preservation of your existing dental work, such as crowns
- Avoidance of in-office restorative treatments, such as root canal therapy, bridgework, crowns, and more
Your Waterford dentist wants his patients to retain good systemic health. One way to do this is by taking good care of your teeth. Unfortunately, many studies, such as those cited by the American Heart Association, show a link between periodontal problems and heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and more. So, a healthy smile means a healthy body!
What your oral hygiene routine should look like
Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Following these guidelines and creating good oral habits is the best way to ensure a healthy smile. Your habits should include:
- Brush your teeth and all oral tissues twice daily for two minutes. Use fluoride toothpaste, a soft brush, and brush in a gentle, circular motion.
- The ADA says floss once a day to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places such as between your back molars.
- Cut down on sugar and carbohydrates. Avoid between-meal snacks unless you are truly hungry, and increase your intake of fiber.
- Drink water, a lot of it, throughout your day. It hydrates, cleans your mouth, and boosts saliva production. Saliva is important for cleaning your teeth of debris and bacteria.
- Wear a mouth guard for sports and a bite guard to protect against damage from teeth clenching and grinding.
- Look into your mouth. Check for sores or color changes. Report any concerns to your dentist right away.
- See your Waterford dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up.
Visiting our office
It's one of your most beneficial habits. At your semi-annual visit, your hygienist will scale your teeth, check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and take X-rays when needed.
During your exam, Dr. Marsack looks for decay, periodontal problems, signs of cancer, dental bite changes, and jaw joint function. The dentist formulates a treatment plan for preventive care, restorations, such as fillings or a root canal, and cosmetic services to improve smile aesthetics--and your self-image.
And, as always, contact your Waterford dental team any time you have an oral health concern.
Schedule an appointment today
Refine your oral hygiene habits, and stick with them to achieve your best smile. For more information, call Dr. Glen Marsack at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI. We provide a wide range of services to keep you happy and healthy. Call our office to schedule an appointment at (248) 682-9331.
Pregnancy creates enormous changes in your physical body. These changes, especially on the hormonal level, can impact many aspects of your health including teeth and gums.
While it’s easy to let dental care take a back seat to other health concerns, you should actually pay close attention to it while you’re expecting. Here are 4 things to focus on during pregnancy to avoid problems with your dental health.
Don’t avoid dental work unless otherwise advised. You may be concerned about undergoing dental procedures during pregnancy, especially those that involve anesthesia. But both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) encourage pregnant women to continue regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. And unless your obstetrician advises otherwise, it’s usually safe to undergo dental work that can’t wait.
Be on the lookout for pregnancy gingivitis (gum disease). Because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, your gums could be more susceptible to gum disease caused by plaque buildup. That’s why you should be on alert for signs of a gum infection like swollen, reddened or bleeding gums. And be sure to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque, as well as regularly visiting your dentist for professional cleanings.
Make sure your diet is “tooth” friendly. Because of the changes in your body, you may experience food cravings that alter your normal dietary habits. So as much as possible, try to keep your food choices in line with what’s best for your teeth and gums: minimize your sugar intake (a prime food source for disease-causing bacteria); and focus on nutritiously balanced meals and snacks.
Keep your entire healthcare team informed. When you make your next dental appointment, tell your dentist you’re pregnant and how far along, any medications and supplements you’re taking, or any complications you may be experiencing. This information could have a bearing on how your dentist approaches any treatment. Likewise, let your obstetrician know about any issues with your teeth and gums, as well as any suggested dental work you may need.
If you would like more information on dental care during pregnancy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Care during Pregnancy.”