Posts for: September, 2018
Like a second New Year’s Day, the month of September offers its own chance to make a brand new start: It’s back-to-school season! This can be an exhilarating time—a chance to meet new friends, face new challenges and set new goals. It’s also a great time to get started on the things that can keep your children healthy all year long…like a routine visit to the dental office.
Preventive dental visits are one of the most important ways to help keep a smile in top condition—not just for kids, but for people of any age. They are also one of the best values in health care, because so much can be accomplished in such a short time. What exactly happens at a routine visit? Here’s a brief run-down:
- A professional teeth cleaning clears sticky plaque and hardened tartar from places where your brush can’t reach. These deposits can harbor the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease, and removing them helps prevent more serious problems from getting started.
- A complete dental exam involves a check for cavities, but it’s also much more: It includes screening for gum disease, oral cancer, and other potential maladies. X-rays or other diagnostic tests may be performed at this time; any changes can be observed, and the need for preventive or restorative treatments can be evaluated.
- The growth and development of children’s teeth is carefully monitored, from the first baby teeth to the third molars. If orthodontic work or wisdom teeth removal could benefit your child, this is a great time to discuss it. Adults may also benefit from ongoing evaluation for gum recession and other potential issues.
- Keeping your teeth and gums healthy also depends on how you take care of them at home. A routine office visit is a great opportunity to “brush up” on proper techniques for tooth brushing and flossing, and to ask any questions you may have about oral hygiene.
So if you have youngsters starting a new school year—or if you’re looking to make a fresh start toward good oral health yourself—make it a point to stop in to the dental office for a routine visit this season!
If you would like more information about maintaining good oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “Dental Hygiene Visit: A True Value in Dental Healthcare.”
September is National Gum Care Month, an ideal time to talk about how to keep your gums healthy. Unfortunately, nearly half of adults have gum disease, which can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In fact, advanced gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss among adults, and it’s associated with other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications. But there’s good news—gum disease is preventable and, in its early stages, even reversible. Here are some tips for taking care of your gums:
Keep up a good oral hygiene routine
Gum disease begins with plaque buildup, so attack the plaque in your mouth with good dental hygiene. Spend two minutes morning and night brushing all surfaces of your teeth, and floss once a day to get rid of plaque that forms between teeth.
Use a soft toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends brushing gently with a soft toothbrush. Hard bristles can damage your gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth.
Swish with a mouth rinse
Consider using a mouth rinse. Over-the-counter and prescription oral rinses are available to help wash away food debris, reduce plaque and fight gum inflammation.
Say no to tobacco
Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing gum disease. And it’s not just cigarettes but all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes, pipes and chewing tobacco, that raise your risk of gum disease.
Eat a healthy diet
For the best gum health, avoid refined carbohydrates (sugary and starchy foods) and make sure you are getting enough vitamin C, vitamin D and antioxidants (found in berries and green tea, for example). In addition, studies suggest that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your risk of gum disease and other inflammatory conditions. These healthy fats are found in many fish, nuts, seeds, soy products and vegetable oils.
Come in for regular cleanings
Professional dental cleanings can remove plaque from the tiny spaces that are difficult to reach by simply brushing and flossing. And once plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar), it cannot be removed during your regular oral health care routine at home. Further, at the dental office we can detect gum disease in its early stages—and the earlier gum problems are caught, the more easily they can be reversed.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits With Your Decatur, IL, Dentist
If you aren't accustomed to visiting your dentist regularly, or you only make an appointment when you have a dental problem, you are missing out on the important benefits regular dental visits can provide. Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, can help keep your smile healthy with general dentistry.
The truth is when you take care of your oral health you are taking care of your general health too. According to the Mayo Clinic, if your mouth is not healthy, it can increase your risk of many serious diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.
When you visit your dentist regularly, you also help to keep dental problems small and manageable. Many dental problems begin with little to no signs or symptoms. You may only feel pain when the problem has become more serious. Your dentist can diagnose and treat your dental issues early which will save you from:
- Needless pain and trauma
- Spending more money
- Spending more time in the dental chair
At Corley Family Dental, you and your smile will benefit from the latest, state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic tools including laser diagnosis and digital x-rays. During your visit your dentist will:
- Perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth
- Perform a thorough examination of soft tissue
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Discuss any dental issues you may have
- Develop a plan for needed treatment and discuss it with you
A professional dental cleaning is often combined with your general dentistry appointment. During your cleaning, the dental care professional will remove both hard and soft deposits from your teeth, polish your teeth free of stains, and show you all of the latest tools to keep your smile healthy.
Don’t neglect your smile because it can impact your overall health and your self-esteem. Make regular dental visits and general dentistry a part of your self-care by calling Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, today!