Regularly visiting your dentist not only keeps your teeth and gums healthy, but it can also help you avoid common oral health issues. With preventive dental care in Edmond, OK, Dr. Michael Chandler, DDS can better protect your smile from tooth decay, disease, and damage.
Common Oral Health Issues
The mouth contains millions of bacteria, some of which are harmless and integral to your mouth’s normal flora. However, high-sugar diets can cause bacteria to flourish, and the acids in the bacteria can dissolve dental enamel and result in cavities.
Bacteria make up a sticky substance called plaque. If not cleaned away consistently, plaque builds up, hardens, and spreads. An accumulation of plaque can inflame your gums and cause gingivitis, an early but reversible stage of gum disease.
The most advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. Periodontitis is not reversible but can be managed with excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Preventive Dental Care Can Save Your Smile
At Edmond Dental Center, we focus on preventive dentistry to keep our patients healthy. Even if you take excellent care of your smile, regular dental exams and cleanings are essential to your oral health.
#1 Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene at Home
Practicing excellent and consistent oral hygiene at home is integral to your sustained oral health. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once daily, and eating a nutritious diet keep your mouth strong and disease-free.
#2 Lower Your Risk
Many risk factors contribute to tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental health concerns:
- Tobacco use
- Poor oral hygiene
- Sugary foods and drinks
- Certain medications and illnesses
- Acid reflux
If you are at a higher risk of developing cavities or gum disease, we strongly encourage you to seek professional dental treatment to prevent or control these conditions.
#3 Get Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Edmond Dental Center offers various preventive dentistry services to patients of all ages. At routine exams and cleanings, your dentist checks for signs of decay, disease, and other concerns. We use digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, 3D cone beams, and other modern methods to find and treat dental problems fast.
We also use specialized tools to thoroughly clear away plaque and tartar from all the nooks and crannies of your smile. When you leave a cleaning, your teeth and gums will be fresh and sparkly clean.