It’s easy to forget to brush and floss before bed, or to just be too lazy to do so. It’s also easy to purchase snacks filled with sugar instead of fruits, vegetables, and/or cheese – especially for people who are constantly on the go. It’s even easy to avoid annual dental checkups. However, forgetting to practice these essential oral health habits is not conducive to sustaining healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. In fact, not taking care of the teeth and gums puts individuals at risk of developing oral complications, such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Cavities result from the teeth decaying over time, which occurs when external forces destroy tooth enamel. Consuming sugary and starchy foods is the easiest way to develop cavities. The sugar sticks to the plaque on the teeth, which causes the bacteria found in plaque to eat the sugar and produce acid that attacks enamel. The stickiness of plaque allows the acid to stay on the teeth and attack enamel for an extensive period of time.
To prevent cavities from developing, it’s critical that individuals brush and floss daily, eat a nutritious diet, and maintain their annual dental checkups. If not, cavities may lead to other oral issues, such as gum disease and tooth loss.
Gum disease occurs when the tissues around the teeth become swollen, sore, or infected. The two main types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease that causes the gums to be inflamed, sensitive, and bloody when they are brushed and flossed. Periodontal disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. If the gums are still left untreated at this stage, the bone inside of the jaw is lost, which leads to tooth.
Gum disease is a result of built-up plaque, which is why it’s essential to brush and floss daily, eat healthy, and be examined by a dentist at least every six months.
Tooth loss happens when the teeth are left unattended to and destroyed by cavities and gum disease. Fortunately, there are treatment options available to assist with this issue, such as dentures or implants. However, this option can be avoided if individuals just practice three good oral hygiene habits: brush and floss every single day, avoid sugary and starchy foods, and maintain dental appointments.
Having beautiful teeth boosts confidence and makes life easier to be enjoyed the way it’s supposed to be.
At McBride Dental, we specialize in helping our patients maintain the healthy mouth they desire and deserve. We advise our patients to maintain their annual checkups with us so we can properly examine them to ensure their teeth and gums are intact. If they are, we offer preventative care services to keep them that way. For those who may be suffering from oral issues like gum disease or tooth loss, we offer treatment options to get their oral health back on track. Some of those services include gum disease treatment, dental implants, and more. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us today at (760) 471-1003.