Studies have shown that roughly 25% of adults in the United States have untreated cavities, 50% have some degree of gum disease, and many of these people have no idea that there is a problem or that it can lead to a host of other more serious problems. Regular dental care helps keep your teeth in the best possible condition and contributes to your overall physical health, so it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each time with a toothpaste that contains fluoride (look for one with the ADA seal of approval). You can use a manual or electric toothbrush, although the latter often works better at removing food particles and plaque. Flossing your teeth once each day and using fluoridated mouthwash will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Professional Dental Care
The ADA also recommends that you schedule a preventative checkup and cleaning every six months. Dr. Schuster and the staff will perform several procedures at these appointments. First our hygienist will scale your teeth to remove the plaque and calculus that builds up between cleanings. Your teeth will then be polished to help remove any stains from coffee, tea, or tobacco products, and then a fluoride treatment will be applied to guard against cavities. X-rays may be taken to help Dr. Schuster examine the areas that are not visible in the mouth, and they can be used as a baseline to note any changes that occur between visits. Dr. Schuster will do a thorough oral examination to look for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other problems, and she will discuss her findings with you along with any concerns or questions you have.
Taking care of your teeth will help you avoid health problems in your mouth and throughout your body. Most dental insurance plans cover preventive visits, so make time for proper dental care now so you can enjoy good oral health throughout your life.