The health of your family’s smiles is important to you. After all, you taught your children to brush and floss their teeth to help prepare them for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles. However, when it comes to your dental care, knowledge is as important as technique. To help you maximize your family’s oral health, West Des Moines family dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson provides this checklist of what you should know about good dental care.
What You Should Know About Dental Health
- Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential to your oral health, but only if done correctly. Be sure to brush gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Scrubbing too harshly can strip your teeth of their protective enamel, exposing the inner structures to bacteria and decay. Also, floss at least once a day to remove harmful plaque and food debris from the hard to reach spaces between your teeth.
- Speaking of oral bacteria, some of them contribute to tooth decay by producing acid to weaken your enamel and sap minerals from your teeth. These germs consume sugar and carbs to fuel this acid production, so try to refrain from snacking often throughout the day. The more you eat, the more you expose your teeth to the resulting bacterial acid.
- Brushing, flossing, and eating right can do wonders for your dental health, but your family’s smiles still require professional maintenance to stay healthy and beautiful. Make sure your entire family visits your dentist’s office at least once every six months for comprehensive dental checkups and cleanings. To save time, you can schedule your family visits on the same day.
- While tooth decay is a serious issue, gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. If your gums appear swollen and red, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, don’t ignore these symptoms; they can indicate the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. If allowed to progress, gum disease will become incurable and can threaten your entire oral health. Attending your dental checkup will allow us to thoroughly inspect your gums for early signs of infection and disease, improving your chances of successful treatment if trouble is found.
Maintain Your Family’s Smiles with West Des Moines Dentist
To learn more about maintaining your and your family’s health, or to schedule an appointment with your West Des Moines family dentist, contact Valley Ridge Family Dental today at (515) 327-62230. Located in the 50266 area, we proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Urbandale, Clive, and the surrounding communities.