Create An Oral Health Plan
At Iconic Dental, Dr. Shoff and our staff of oral health professionals remain committed to providing the best dental care possible at our dentist office in Walsenburg, CO. While it’s easy to think of your oral health as only mattering to the long-term health of your teeth and gums, recent research has found that your oral health actually plays an important role in determining your overall health as well. Maintaining and improving your oral health requires creating an oral health plan that allows you to keep your individual dental care needs in mind. Since most of us don’t spend too much time considering the long-term implications of what’s needed to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, the team at Iconic Dental is here to help with a few tips.
1.) Understand Your Own Oral Health
Just as your oral health can impact your overall health, various conditions, diseases and life choices can also impact your oral health. For example, while most patients only need to schedule routine dental exams and checkups every six months, other patients may need to schedule visits to our dentist office in Walsenburg, CO more frequently. Patients who suffer from diabetes, are pregnant, who smoke or who are undergoing chemotherapy should all schedule dental checkups more frequently than twice a year. To understand the kind of oral health care you require, you need to gain a better understanding of your current oral health and any factors that can negatively contribute to the health of your teeth and gums. Once you gain more insight on the challenges your oral health faces, you’ll have a better feel for what steps you need to take to protect your health now and in the future.
2.) Brush and Floss EVERY DAY
By far, brushing and flossing rank as the two most effective habits toward better oral health. Of course, these habits are only effective if practiced every day – not on most days or every other day, but a real commitment must be made to brush and floss daily. When it comes to brushing, the American Dental Association recommends twice a day for at least two minutes. Brushing when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night will lead to better oral health. Brushing provides you the opportunity to remove harmful oral bacteria and food particles that linger after eating from your mouth. Forgetting to brush allows these substances to remain in the mouth where they can contribute to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and food from areas of your mouth a brush cannot reach – between your teeth and below the gum line. Most of us know this, but only half of U.S. adults floss on a regular basis. Failing to floss allows harmful bacteria to linger in areas that are highly susceptible to the effects of decay. Any successful oral health involves regular brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Schedule a time to practice each of these habits in the morning and again at night and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier smile.
3.) Schedule Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings
The final piece of any good oral health plans involves regular checkups and cleanings at our dentist office in Walsenburg, CO. Regular exams provide Dr. Shoff the opportunity to spot any signs of dental disease early on while the condition is still easily treatable. The earlier any oral health problem is treated, the more likely you’ll be able to fully recover the form and function of your smile. Dental cleanings provide our team of gentle dental hygienists the opportunity to remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and below the gum line. When allowed to build up, plaque transforms into tartar. Once plaque becomes tartar, it can only be removed from your teeth during a professional cleaning. As a buildup of harmful bacteria, tartar irritates gum tissue, which contributes to the development of inflammation and gum disease. The removal of tartar should also be a part of your oral health plan. By following these three simple steps, you’ll enjoy significantly better oral and overall health. If you have any questions about how to develop the right oral health plan for you, feel free to ask any member of our staff at Iconic Dental during your next visit to our dentist office in Walsenburg, CO.