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    Getting Back to the Basics of Good Oral Hygiene

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Having a dentist is integral to your oral health, as he can address both clinical and cosmetic issues such as cavities, periodontal disease, and chipped teeth. However, no matter how proficient your dentist, good oral hygiene begins with you. To reduce the risk of problems that can compromise your dental health and oral appearance, it’s important to know how to care for your teeth at home.

    Brushing Methods

    Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is one of the most highly recommended ways to maintain your oral health. Not all brushing methods can produce the same results, though. To ensure that your brushing activities are effective at removing food particles, bacteria, and plaque, you must use the right techniques. First, brush at an angle. Bacteria tend to collect at the gumline, so brushing at an angle can enhance your cleaning efforts. Second, brush your teeth for at least two minutes. If you brush any less, you might overlook areas of your mouth.

    Flossing Techniques

    Because plaque and bacteria are so prevalent at the gumline, flossing must also be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. When you floss, use it between each tooth for maximum results. Make sure to floss just under the gumline as well to thoroughly remove contaminants. Creating a semicircle around each tooth can also help in eliminating bacteria and food debris from your teeth.

    Eating Habits

    You must brush and floss to remove food remnants that remain in your mouth after meals. So by changing the way you eat, you can also improve your oral hygiene. Bacteria thrive on sugar, so when you remove sugary foods from your diet, you can prevent the proliferation of bacteria, plaque, and acidic byproducts on your teeth. Also, the longer that food remains on your teeth and gums, the greater the opportunity for bacteria to feed on them. So to minimize the risk of cavities due to bacterial acids, reduce your snacking tendencies between meals.

    Premiere Dental Arts can see to it that you have the stunning smile and strong teeth that you want and deserve. In addition to our tooth decay and periodontal disease treatment options, we offer Frederick residents a wide array of preventive and cosmetic dental services. For more information, call us at (240) 215-3510.

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    Symptoms You Should Discuss With Your Dentist

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Though your dentist can detect symptoms of tooth decay and periodontal disease well before they become more advanced problems, you too must be diligent in heeding important oral health warning signs. Especially when you experience any one of the following conditions, don’t wait until your next scheduled checkup to tell your dentist. The sooner you seek treatment for your symptoms, the greater your chances of avoiding a potentially life-changing dental problem.

    Tooth Pain

    Tooth pain is typically a sign that you require dental help. In many cases, tooth discomfort indicates the presence of an extensive cavity. Because cavities begin at the surface of the tooth, they may not cause pain in their earlier stages. Once tooth decay reaches the interior of the tooth, though, it can trigger discomfort because of the damage it causes to the small nerves that reside there. If you have chronic tooth pain, schedule a visit with your dentist so that he can find the cause and help you find relief from it.

    Bleeding Gums

    Healthy gums are pink, firm, and durable. With the presence of plaque, though, gum tissue can suffer inflammation and tissue deterioration. These are the signs of gingivitis, or early stage gum disease. Gum tenderness may also occur. As tissue inflammation increases, the gums may bleed in response to abrasion. That is why some people see a pinkish hue to their spit when brushing their teeth. If you too are suffering from bleeding gums, contact your dentist. With immediate treatment, gingivitis can be reversed.

    Tissue Growths

    The occasional canker sore is common for many people. Yet when unusual growths or wounds on the cheeks or gums persist for more than a few days, it may indicate a bigger problem. Under some circumstances, tissue growths or wounds may point to oral cancer. As with other types of cancer, oral cancer can be highly treatable when caught in its earlier stages. So if you notice an abnormal tissue changes, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

    Are you experiencing any unusual oral health problems? Premiere Dental Arts makes it a priority to provide compassionate and capable treatment to each of our Frederick patients. Call our office today at (240) 215-3510 and let us help you find comfort from your painful or worrisome dental issues.

    How Your Oral Health Changes as You Age

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Even with diligent oral hygiene practices, you might notice changes to your teeth and gums in older age. In most cases, though, your dentist can address these changes to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

    This video explains how aging can affect oral health. Gum recession can be a common occurrence in older dental patients. Since older individuals must often take medications for chronic conditions, they might also experience dry mouth syndrome. If you notice either condition, talk to your dentist. With diligent at-home and professional oral care, you can avoid the plaque buildup and periodontal disease that may occur because of recessed gums. Proper hydration can also prevent dry mouth issues.

    Premiere Dental Arts offers comprehensive dental services for patients of all ages in the greater Frederick region. To schedule an appointment with a dentist, call (240) 215-3510.

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