Preventive Measures Against Dental Diseases and Tooth Loss
Preventive dentistry involves caring for your teeth for optimal oral health and avoiding the risk of dental diseases. These practices help in the prevention of dental diseases such as gingivitis, tooth decay, tooth loss, and cavities.
There are several preventive measures, such as dental cleanings and daily brushing. Dr. Calogero Dimmagio of Dimmagio Dental recommends regular visits to the dentist, daily brushing and flossing as well as eating fruits and vegetables. These practices are aimed at ensuring that your teeth are clean, white, and strong.
Purposes of Preventive Dentistry
Regular care aids:
- Early detection and treatment of potential tooth loss
- Prevention of further infection to the teeth around the decaying tooth
- Counter the development of cavities
- Maintain the strength of your teeth
- Enhancing the appearance of your teeth
What Are the Measures You Should Put in Place to Maintain Your Dental Health?
The following are daily and progressive practices that will keep your teeth healthy;
- Brush your teeth daily, using a toothbrush that has soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride. Gently brush by making circular movements up to your gum line for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not ignore your tongue too. Your tongue, if left unattended, may accumulate plaque that rots and leads to further infections in your mouth. After brushing your teeth, ensure you rinse your mouth with clean water. This exercise should be undertaken atleast twice a day. That is early in the morning and before going to bed
- Floss your teeth daily-flossing helps in cleaning the small spaces between the teeth. In case you have braces, dentists recommend you use a floss threader. A floss threader helps you get between the metal brackets. For effective flossing, ensure that you follow the wind-guide-glide and slide technique.
- Regularly visit your dentist- visiting your dentist twice a year is recommended. It helps in the early detection of any potential problems. If you are at a high risk of potential dental problems, the regular visits will help in the management of the risks. In case there are no potential risks, the visits help to maintain your overall health.
- Eat balanced diet-eating foods that are rich in calcium strengthens your teeth. A balanced diet provides the needed nutrients for healthy teeth. Avoid sugary and sticky foods since they are the leading causes of dental cavities and tooth decay.
- Drink more water-a glass of water after every meal is necessary. Water washes the effects of acidic and sticky foods that may have adverse effects on your teeth.
- Chewing on crunchy fruits and vegetables such as sugarcane and apples helps in exercising your jaw. It aids in strengthening the bony part of your teeth and jaw.
Practices to Avoid for Healthy Teeth
Taking good care of your teeth involves the above procedures and avoiding some bad habits. These habits include:
- Smoking tobacco products
- Opening packages using your teeth
- Chewing on ice
- Brushing your teeth hard
- Eating sugary snacks such as candy
- Consuming foods that are acidic such as lemons
- Clenching your jaws and grinding your teeth
- Sucking your thumb
- Drinking sodas, sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages
- Playing aggressive sports without mouthguards
- Nail-biting and holding pens and pencils using your teeth
Benefits of Maintaining Your Oral Health
Strong and healthy teeth carry lots of advantages. Some of the advantages are based specifically on your oral health, while others affect your overall health. Care practices have the following benefits.
- Oral care prevents any periodontal diseases, cavities, and tooth loss that may have adverse effects in your mouth
- Taking care of your teeth enhances appearance. White and well-shaped teeth will give you the confidence to smile and boost your self-esteem
- Good care of your gum prevents heart attack. If your gum is not well taken care of, it can lead to chronic inflammation. The inflammation can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack or a stroke
- Healthy teeth and gums prevent you from developing autoimmune diseases, anemia, gastrointestinal infections, and renal diseases
Your oral health has 100 percent benefits. This means there are no side-effects to a healthy mouth. It is your responsibility to take the guidelines above and ensure that you and your family are protected and healthy.