Smart Mouth: How to Grow Old with All Your Teeth

Dentures-and-PartialsIf you love your teeth as much as we do, then you’d probably like to keep them around for as long as possible. Here at Evelyn Ascough, DDS we’re all about practicing preventative dentistry, and if you want to grow old with all your teeth, we can show you how.

Home Care

You’ve heard about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, and it’s true that these are the two most important things you can do for your oral hygiene. The key is to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly.

Here are a few points to consider when brushing your teeth:

-Brush your teeth after every meal to make sure you clean away bacteria before it can stick.
-Buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid damaging your gums.
-Angle the brush towards your gums and make sure to brush along the gum-line.
-Brush for two to three minutes, but no longer, to avoid unnecessary abrasion.
-Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, so make sure to floss at least once a day as well.
-Use a water pick remove food lodged between the teeth.
-Gargle with antiseptic rinses to kill infection-causing bacteria.
-Use fluoride toothpastes and rinses to fortify your enamel.

Office Care

Even if you brush your teeth like a pro, bacteria can still sneak down below your gum-line and hide there, waiting for the chance to infect your gums. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your biannual visits to Evelyn Ascough, DDS.

Here are of the few of the ways we help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

-Regular oral examinations ensure your teeth and gums are in healthy condition. If any problems do exist, it is best to catch them as early as possible.
-Digital x-rays, when necessary, to make sure there are no hidden cavities, infections, or other dental risks.
-Get regular teeth-cleaning treatments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is difficult to remove with regular brushing and flossing. Clean teeth are happy teeth!
-For cases of heavy buildup or risk of gum disease, we perform a full-mouth deep scaling with specialized tools to clean away buildup and promote healing of the gum tissue.
-Dental lasers for disinfecting more virulent types of bacteria and for performing LANAP to remediate periodontal disease.

Bonus: Regular visits to the dentist may save you money and pain by preventing big problems before they happen!