It may come as a surprise to many people but taking good care of your teeth is essential to overall health. According to family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD, poor oral hygiene not only leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, it is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious complications.
As such, it’s important you find out as much as you can about how to maintain proper oral health. And to know more about anything, you have to ask the right people the right questions.
Here are the two main questions your dentist can answer:
1. How can I maintain good oral health?
Everyone is unique, and no two sets of teeth are perfectly identical. To know what exact measures you need to take to ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong, your dentist needs to examine your oral cavity.
After said examination, your dentist will be able to give you precise advice on what tools to use to improve and maintain good oral health. Maybe you’ll need to use a special type of toothbrush. Maybe you’ll need to floss more or rinse using a specific kind of mouthwash.
They’ll also inform you if you need to make changes to your diet. Certain foods, such as those high in sugar, can encourage the formation of cavities, so you may be instructed to avoid those. You may also have to increase your intake of calcium, and certain vitamins and minerals.
These are things you can do yourself to ensure good oral health.
2. How can my dentist take care of my dental health?
Some oral health issues can only be solved with the help of a dentist. For instance, if you already have cavities, your dentist is the sole medical professional armed with the knowledge, experience, equipment, and technology to make the problem go away.
Dentists will also solve problems associated with gingivitis, periodontitis, crooked teeth, wisdom tooth pain, and teeth grinding. They can whiten abnormally colored teeth, provide you with dentures, thoroughly clean your teeth, and more.
No matter how seemingly small the issue, it’s best to visit the dentist as soon as possible at the first sign of trouble. They will give you the treatment required to prevent existing problems from getting worse and ensure your oral health stays excellent.
If you have any questions regarding your oral health, please contact us via our website or at (301) 856-1122 if you have any concerns. We’d be happy to hear from you!