Sometimes it’s good to go back over the basics.
It’s part of what professional baseball teams do during spring training. It’s part of why professional football and basketball teams play preseason games.
When it comes to our health, it’s also good to remember that preventive care is the best option. In general dentistry, this means getting regular checkups and practicing good oral hygiene at home.
Our team at North Bay Dental in Racine, WI wants to help you and your family keep your smile looking great and your mouth free from tooth decay and gum disease. If you have not yet made your next dental appointment, please call 262-417-7326 today.
The Value of Dental Exams
We know that many people are hesitant to visit any dentist office due to dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. Often (but not always) this has something to do with a dentist they visited when they were younger.
Some people feel the same about going to the dentist as they did when they were called to the principal’s office when they were in school. Unfortunately, some dentists could be judgmental about cavities or other problems.
You aren’t going to find that at our office. Like you, our goal is for your mouth to be as healthy as possible. Your checkups are a chance to get a professional cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth.
We’ll also conduct a dental exam to look for any signs or symptoms of decay or periodontal infections. If we find something, we are going to explain what we’re seeing and discuss ways to address it before it turns into a big problem.
We aren’t going to criticize you. More than 90 percent of people develop at least one cavity during lives, and some estimates are that 80 percent of the population will experience gum disease at one time or another.
Now, it would be wonderful if you were in the small group of people who never develop either of those things. We think it’s more beneficial to help find problems early, so you can get the most effective treatment possible.
You Still Need to Do Your Part
As important as regular checkups are, they only happen a few times each year. It probably goes without saying, but what you do every day matters, too.
Even so, it’s easy to forget exactly what the American Dental Association recommends that we do on a daily basis.
First, you should brush your teeth twice per day. Each time you brush, you should clean your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, scrub your teeth (but not too hard) on all sides.
Second, you also should clean between your teeth once per day. Dental floss is the most common tool for this task, and you can use any kind of floss that you prefer. If you can’t or don’t like using floss, you may want to consider using a water flosser or flossers instead.
The point is to find something that will help you clean the spaces that you can’t clean as well with a toothbrush. Specifically, the spaces between your teeth and between your teeth and gums.
We’re Here for You
At North Bay Dental, you will find a team of caring, compassionate, and supportive dental professionals. We want to help you with regular cleanings, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about your daily oral hygiene routine.