10 Things Dentists Wish You Knew

by Power Road Dental Care

10 Things Dentists Wish You Knew

Reviewed By Dr. Tyler N Davis, DMD

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Your oral health is a vital component of your overall well-being. It’s not just about a white smile; it’s about maintaining the ability to communicate, eat, and express yourself confidently. 

Regular dental check-ups and a good oral hygiene routine are more than JUST a routine; they are integral to a healthy lifestyle.

To enhance your understanding of oral health, here are 10 things we wish you knew:

  1. The ecosystem in your mouth: Your mouth houses over 700 types of bacteria, with most individuals having 34 to 72 varieties. While many are harmless, others can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Regular oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and a diet low in sugar and starch are crucial in maintaining a healthy bacterial balance. Saliva plays a significant role in this ecosystem. It not only helps neutralize acids produced by bacteria but also contains enzymes and proteins essential for maintaining the health of oral tissues and balancing the microbial population.
  2. Bleeding gums are a warning sign: Bleeding gums can indicate gingivitis. If you have bleeding gums, it’s time for a check-up! Bleeding gums are often associated with the earlier stages of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis and bone loss, a more severe form of gum disease that results in deterioration of the bone, and eventual tooth loss and other health complications.  There is a direct correlation between the microbes in periodontal disease, and heart disease.
  3. Brushing technique matters: Aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage gums and enamel. Opt for a soft-bristled brush and use gentle, circular motions to clean your teeth without causing harm. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and use short strokes, focusing on each tooth individually. Brush in gentle, circular motions. This method effectively removes plaque and food particles while being gentle on the teeth and gums. 
  4. Time your brushing: The ideal brushing time is between 2-3 minutes. Over-brushing can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay. Timers or apps can be useful tools to track how long you are brushing.
  5. Proper flossing technique: Incorrect flossing can damage the gums. The right technique involves gently curving the floss around each tooth and moving it beneath the gum line in a “C” shape motion. Waxed floss can slide easily between tightly spaced teeth, while wider dental tape may be better if you have more space between your teeth. Flossers and water piques are also a good option. 
  6. Risks of childhood tooth decay: Children’s primary teeth are more prone to decay because they have thinner enamel. Limit sugary foods and drinks and teach good oral hygiene habits from an early age. Regular dental check-ups are essential, starting when they get their first tooth.
  7. Toothbrush maintenance: Replace your toothbrush every 12 weeks or sooner if it looks frayed or smells. A worn-out toothbrush is less effective and can harbor harmful bacteria. Proper storage of your toothbrush is also vital. Store it in an upright position and allow it to air dry. Avoid covering the toothbrush head or storing it in a closed container, as a damp environment promotes microbial growth.
  8. Diet influences oral health: Besides sugar, acidic foods like citrus fruits and pickles can erode tooth enamel. Include calcium-rich foods like cheese and leafy greens in your diet to maintain strong teeth. Eat crunchy, water-rich fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots to help clean teeth naturally. These foods stimulate saliva production, which washes away food particles and bacteria.
  9. Link between oral and overall health: Oral health issues can be a gateway to systemic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Keeping your mouth healthy is a step towards maintaining your overall health. In 2012, the American Heart Association recognized periodontal disease as an independent risk factor in heart disease. Studies are still being done about the link between heart disease and gum disease, but what is known is that gum tissue inflammation affects the rest of the body. 
  10. Importance of regular dental visits: Visit your dentist every six months. These visits are crucial for preventive care, cleaning, and early detection of potential issues. No matter how diligent you are with your at-home oral hygiene, there are areas in your mouth that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.

We Care About Your Oral Health

If you are in the Phoenix East Valley and are searching for the ‘best dentist in Mesa’ we can help! At Power Road Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing quality care and building a trusting relationship with each patient. 

Remember, looking after your oral health is an investment in overall health. We’re here to ensure that every aspect of your oral health is cared for, leaving you with a healthy smile and a healthier you.

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