why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
As prosthodontists, we recommend that you have a professional dental examination and cleaning twice a year. If you have a history of periodontal disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often (every 4 months) in order to prevent the recurrence of infections or disease.
Some serious medical conditions may cause bleeding gums, but the most frequent cause of bleeding gums is poor oral hygiene, which leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis means that the gums are inflamed, red and bleed easily when touched as a result of plaque building up on the teeth. Proper cleaning of the teeth prevents gingivitis and the subsequent symptom of bleeding gums.
Dentistry is poised to be the next medical specialty to include Botox treatments to its patients and it might just prove to have an important place in the field, not only to enhance the esthetics of the smile, but to become a vital tool in the arsenal fighting chronic TMJ, “gummy smiles”, and other cranial disorders.
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. It has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.