Healthy teeth and gums make it easy to eat, smile and enjoy life. However, they are not a given. Unfortunately, oral healthcare is not a top priority for many people and that’s the reason infections such as gum disease and tooth decay are on the rise.
At Healthy Smile Centre, we urge our patients to visit the dentist in Alexandria regularly especially as they age, to avoid dental problems that could lead to other health problems. There is a correlation between our oral health and our general health, so it is important to look after our teeth.
Our teeth are protected by a hard coating called enamel. Every day, a thin coating of food remains and bacteria called plaque forms on our teeth and attaches to the enamel. Plaque contains acids that start eating away your tooth enamel causing cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, but any bits you miss will harden into tartar, which only the dentist in Alexandria can remove.
If you are at higher risk of tooth decay, your dentist will recommend a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. In some cases, dental sealants may also be applied.
Gum disease is equally caused by plaque. When the plaque develops in-between your teeth and under your gum line, soon it will cause infections that will hurt the gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. Gum disease is not easy to diagnose because it doesn’t always display symptoms during its early stage. However, if your gums are tender and sensitive and you see blood when you brush your teeth, it’s time to visit your dentist in Alexandria.
Clean your teeth and gums effectively
Did you know that there is a right way to brush and floss your teeth? Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle movements is the first step. Don’t apply too much pressure on your teeth and gums and make sure to clean around your teeth with dental floss. Always aim to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes and rinse after you floss. And don’t forget to visit your dentist in Alexandria for regular check-ups and cleanings.
All treatment carries risk. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.