If you have lost a tooth, you may be anxious to have it restored. Lost teeth can affect your ability to chew your food properly and comfortably. Additionally, a lost tooth can cause unattractive changes to the look of your smile.
If a tooth is lost, it is best to have it restored as soon as possible. By delaying the replacement of a tooth, you may become increasingly susceptible to other dental health concerns, such as dental migration.
Keeping your teeth clean can help you avoid serious health conditions. Plaque and tartar-covered teeth are associated with the development of periodontal disease, which is linked to significant systemic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
There are multiple ways to clean the teeth. Here are a few of them:
Brushing and Flossing
If you regularly visit your dentist, he or she has probably emphasized regular brushing and flossing. Still, you may not yet realize the importance of these at-home cleaning measures.
You probably thought that plaque was the hardest substance for dentists to remove from your teeth. While plaque can get quite hard, it does not compare to calculus. Calculus is plaque times ten. In other words, it is plaque that has become so hard that normal dental cleanings cannot remove it. Worse still, the calculus can sink below the gum line, embedding itself down to the very roots of your teeth.
You want the very best for your kids. Part of that desire includes making sure they're happy and healthy. You know when to seek emergency medical care for your kids when they're sick or injured. However, it's not always easy to know what to do when your kids are in the middle of a dental emergency, especially when those emergencies occur after normal business hours. If your child is facing a dental problem after-hours, it's up to you to decide whether it's a true dental emergency, or not.
When you think of your annual dental exams, you most likely think of x-rays, teeth cleaning, and fluoride treatments. But did you know that comprehensive dental exams should also include oral cancer screenings? However, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, fewer than 15 to 25% of all regular dental patients had had a screening. These screenings are easy to perform, so if you want one done, all you need to do is ask your hygienist or doctor.