Even with vast improvements in dental technology and procedures, as well as increased awareness about the effects of gum disease, an alarming number of American adults are suffering from some degree of tooth loss (almost half to be exact, according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). But contrary to popular belief, tooth loss and dental problems are not an inevitable part of the aging process. In fact, it is entirely possible for adults to make it well into old age with most if not all of their natural teeth. The key, according to Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling, dentists in Wheaton, IL, is good old fashioned oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing, annual check ups and professional dental cleanings, and a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention in Wheaton, IL
With all of the impressive modern tools and technology available to dentists, the fate of your teeth and gums still starts at home with you. Whether you have been flossing diligently for years or are just jumping in (hint: you can start flossing any time), a good oral hygiene routine is the first line of defense against oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, stained, discolored teeth and even tooth loss (the end result of periodontitis). How do you know if your oral hygiene routine is sufficient? Here are a few tips to make the most of your time:
- Thoroughly brush your teeth 2-3 times/day, preferably after meals
- Floss at least once a day - Any time of day is fine, choose a time that works best for you and will help you to keep the habit going
- Limit your alcohol consumption - Alcohol causes your mouth to become dry, limiting the flow of saliva and helping harmful bacteria to proliferate
- Don't smoke - In addition to being bad for your general health, smoking can increase your risk of developing gum disease, and make dental problems harder to treat
Find a Dentist in Wheaton, IL
It is never too late to set up a good oral hygiene routine. For more information on gum disease prevention and good oral health practices, contact our office today by calling (630) 653-9002 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlson or Dr. Schuiling today.