6. Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health
The sugars from soft drinks and non-nutritional foods combine with the bacteria in our mouths which produces acids that attack tooth enamel. This can lead to cavities and gum disease. Limiting the amount of beverages and foods that are high in sugar can greatly help to maintain good dental health.
7. Dental Problems Do Not Get Better or Go Away Without Treatment
If Dr. Barr gives you a treatment plan for dental work that you need to have done, you should focus on getting your teeth fixed as soon as possible. Even cavities continue to get bigger. If they get big enough to reach the nerve in your tooth, your only options would be to have a root canal or have the tooth extracted.
8. A Root Canal is Usually Not Painful
With today’s technology, a root canal is as painless as having a filling.
9. Change Your Toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about three months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 - 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.
10. Maintaining Good Dental Health is Easy
Seeing Dr. Barr for regular dental check ups and cleanings, brushing twice a day, flossing daily and eating a nutritional diet are the key factors in having healthy teeth and gums.
Regular Dental Checkups Can Help Prevent Dental Problems
Have regular dental check ups.
Regular dental check ups will help you maintain healthy teeth, prevent cavities and prevent other diseases.
1. Dental Check Ups Include Oral Cancer Screenings
Dr. Barr and the hygienist also screening you for any signs of oral cancer. This serious dental disease affecting the mouth, lips or throat is often curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and avoiding tobacco are the key factors in preventing oral cancer.
2. Gum (Periodontal) Disease Affects Your Overall Health
Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and has also been linked to heart disease and strokes. If diagnosed in the early stage, gingivitis can be treated and reversed. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental check ups and cleanings are the best prevention against gum disease.
3. Dental Cleanings and Check Ups are Extremely Important
Going to Dr. Barr for regular check ups and cleanings is one of the most important factors in maintaining good oral health. Regular check ups can prevent cavities, root canals, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental conditions.
4. Brushing Twice a Day Helps to Keep the Cavities Away
When you brush your teeth properly, at least twice a day, you are removing the plaque that causes cavities. Plaque is the soft and sticky substance that accumulates on the teeth from food debris and bacteria. Flossing daily will remove the plaque from in between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach. Removing plaque from your teeth also helps to prevent gum disease.
5. Bad Breath Could be the Result of a Dental Problem
About 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition. If a dental condition is the cause of bad breath, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.