Basic Dental Care

basic_dental_care_2Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings (prophylasis), and eating a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.

The benefits of basic dental care include:

  • Prevention of tooth decay.  By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can reduce the need for fillings and other costly procedures.
  • Prevention of gum (periodontal) disease which can damage gum tissue and the bones that support teeth.  It is generally accepted that the bacteria associated with periodontal disease travels throughout the body and may increase the risk for heart disease, pneumonia, and complications of diabetes and pregnancy.
  • Improves overall health
  • Makes it possible for teeth to last a lifetime
  • Helps prevent bad breath. Brushing and flossing rid your mouth of the bacteria that cause bad breath
  • Makes trips to the dentist and hygienist shorter and easier
  • To avoid dental problems:
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice a day (in the morning and before bed) and floss once a day.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar helps plaque grow.
  • Don’t use tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) also may cause gum disease as well as other health problems.
  • Schedule regular trips to the dentist based on how often you need exams and cleaning.  Pain, suffering and eventual tooth loss from untreated cavities and/or periodontal disease interfere with functions such as breathing, tasting, eating, swallowing, sleeping,  speaking and language development.  People with oral pain or missing teeth are often limited in what they can chew, resulting in poor nutrition.

SIMPLY PUT, YOU CANNOT BE HEALTHY WITHOUT ORAL HEALTH.  Taking care of your mouth with good oral hygiene reduces the risk of caries and periodontal disease, and helps preserve good physical and emotional health.

Call us today to schedule your appointment for an exam and prophylaxis. We serve the entire Chattanooga and Hamilton County areas.