Professional dental care is an essential component to good oral health; but for better or worse, you exert the greatest influence on your smile’s health. Through proper hygiene education and a wealth of professional treatment options, your dentist is vital to helping you maintain your good oral health, whether that involves preventing issues or restoring your teeth, gums, or more. Today, we explain some of the more important tenets of maintaining your smile, and why visiting your dentist should be second nature.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day helps control the buildup of dental plaque, which contains hundreds of kinds of oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. But good hygiene also means being conscious of your eating habits, such as limited snacking throughout the day, to prevent over-feeding the oral bacteria in plaque. In addition to good hygiene education, your dentist can keep a professional eye out for early signs of dental disease, treating them before they have a chance to destroy your smile.
Even with diligent attention and care, your smile can still become subject to accidental damage or severe dental disease, either of which can lead to the loss of one or more teeth. When your smile suffers tooth loss, its continued wellbeing depends on restoring your mouth’s ability to function properly, which means replacing the lost teeth and their roots. With the appropriate dental implant-supported prosthetic, such as a crown or denture, your dentist can help ensure that what remains of your teeth are not lost, as well.