Importance of Preventative Dental Care
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, Dr. Teasdale and his staff of gentle dental hygienists want every
patient to enjoy the very best oral health possible. In recent years, a growing amount of research has uncovered compelling links between our oral and overall health. Studies have found that individuals who suffer from untreated gum disease and tooth decay have significantly higher risks for developing a range of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, stroke and pancreatic cancer. While researchers continue to explore what links these types of diseases to the state of our oral health, it has become clear that maintaining and improving our oral health is more important than ever.
To enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, you need to practice quality oral hygiene at home. A solid regime should include:
- Brushing twice a day. Brushing helps to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Plaque – a sticky biofilm comprised of harmful oral bacteria and food particles that linger in the mouth after eating – uses the foods we consume to secrete harmful substances that erode away at our tooth enamel. If allowed to build up on the surface of our teeth, plaque greatly increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing for at least two minutes once in the morning and again at night removes plaque build, keeping your teeth and gums healthier and decay free.
- Floss daily. Flossing removes plaque from areas of our mouth a toothbrush cannot reach – below the gum line and in-between our teeth. Not only does flossing help to protect our teeth and gums from dental disease, flossing also removes food and bacteria from between our teeth that contribute to chronic bad breath. If you want fresher breath and healthier gums, regular flossing needs to become part of your daily hygiene routine.
- Rinsing with a antibacterial mouthwash. Finishing your nightly oral hygiene routine with a oral rinse adds another layer of protection against the harmful effects of plaque. Rinsing helps to eliminate any bacteria you may have missed when brushing and flossing.
That’s it! Follow these simple steps and you’ll enjoy a dramatically healthier smile. Of course, to enjoy the best oral health possible, you also need to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings with our SW Portland dentist, Dr. Teasdale.
Dental exams provide Dr. Teasdale with the opportunity to spot the early signs of dental decay or disease while still easily treatable. Early treatment of gum disease and tooth decay generally requires minimally invasive care, while treating these types of oral health problems later can require potentially expensive and uncomfortable procedures to correct.
While Dr. Teasdale typically recommends patients schedule an exam once every six months, certain patients may need to receive care more regularly. Patients suffering from conditions such as diabetes, gum disease, or who take certain types of prescription medications that cause dry mouth as a symptom, may need to schedule exams more frequently.
For younger patients that lack the manual dexterity or attention to detail requires to practice quality oral hygiene, dental sealants offer a practical solution for lowering their risk of tooth decay.
An incredibly thin and durable clear resin coating, dental sealants effectively “seal” away tooth enamel from the harmful oral bacteria that causes tooth decay. Dr. Teasdale will thoroughly clean a patient’s teeth before gently brushing the sealant onto the back molars or other high risk areas. Once dried, the sealant will prevent plaque from attacking tooth enamel, effectively eliminating the risk of tooth decay.
Dr. Teasdale can apply dental sealants during just one 10 minute appointment. The application of dental sealants is entirely painless, and causes no change to a patient’s ability to eat, drink, or talk. Dental sealants are also incredibly durable, and can last for several years before a reapplication is required.