ORAL HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY IN LINCOLN NEBRASKA
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard the term “preventive dentistry” but maybe aren’t quite sure what it means. The concept is pretty simple — taking care of your teeth can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions that may adversely affect your health. Preventive dentistry is something that anyone can benefit from no matter what their stage of life or dental health history, and it’s never too late to begin practicing preventive dentistry. Following are just a few of the conditions that preventive dentistry can keep you from getting.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and when it’s caught early enough, it’s easily controlled and is often even reversible. Signs include swollen gums that may bleed during or after brushing and/or flossing and pain or tenderness. Gingivitis occurs as the result of a bacterial infection, so make certain to practice good oral hygiene and ask your dentist in Lincoln, NE, about other preventive measures you can take to keep gingivitis from entering the picture. Keep in mind that if gingivitis is left untreated, it is very likely to progress to fully-blown periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a more advanced condition than gingivitis, and unless it’s in its very early stages, the chances of being able to reverse it are almost nothing. However, preventive dentistry can help keep periodontal disease from progressing. This is important because not only can this condition cause your teeth to fall out, the infection has the potential to enter the bloodstream and cause systemic issues. Periodontal disease has been linked to cardiovascular issues and increased vulnerability to the onset of Type II diabetes.
Tooth Decay and Cavities
You can also lessen your chances of experiencing tooth decay and cavities by practicing preventive dentistry strategies. Good oral hygiene is at the top of the list, but you should also see your dentist for regular cleanings
Dental trauma often occurs during sporting activities. Teeth may be chipped, broken, or completely knocked out.
Preventive Dentistry Strategies
There are many available strategies for maintaining good oral health. Following are some of the most common. Your dentist in Lincoln, NE, can provide you with a customized preventive dentistry plan to accommodate your personal needs and preferences.
The best defense against oral health problems is to brush and floss at least two times every day. The biggest mistake many people make is to simply fail to brush long enough — you should brush for a solid two minutes or longer. You might also consider adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your routine to help keep minimize the risk of developing gingivitis.
Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is another important step in an effective preventive care plan. Your dentist may be able to identify issues while they’re still in their early stages, which means they’ll be easier and less expensive to treat than if they had been allowed to progress.
Regular Teeth Cleanings
Brushing and flossing alone doesn’t remove all of the plaque buildup from your teeth, which is why you should have a professional cleaning every six months.
Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of hard-to-reach back teeth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They’re usually used on children over the age of six because they tend to lack proficiency in brushing and flossing, but in certain situations, adults can benefit from them as well.
Protective Mouthguards During Sporting Activities
If you or your child plays sports, ask your dentist about getting a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth during sporting activities. Without them, you run a greater risk of ending up with lost or broken teeth.
A Balanced Diet
A balanced diet also helps maintain good oral health. Be sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit sugary sweets and hard candies. Using a straw when drinking sodas and juices helps limit the contact the substance has with your tooth enamel.
Please feel free to contact our office in Lincoln, NE, for more information on how preventive dentistry strategies can help keep your smile beautiful and healthy for years to come.
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3901 Normal Blvd Suite 202
Lincoln, NE 68506