Preventative Dental Care
As your dentist in Nocona, TX, Dr. Benjamin Anderson and the staff at Nocona Dental want every patient to enjoy the best oral health possible. While you may only think of visiting a Nocona dentist whenever you have a problem with your teeth or gums, studies have found that preventative dental care can actually lower your risk for a range of chronic health problems. Recent research has found links between gum disease and tooth decay and such long-term illnesses as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, stroke and cancer. While further research continues to discover previously unknown connections between an individual’s oral and overall health, the need to maintain and improve oral care has never been more important.
To lower your risk for oral health problems linked to these chronic illnesses, patients need to practice quality at-home oral care that includes:
- Brushing twice a day. Even the healthiest of mouths contain billions of bacteria. Brushing daily helps to remove harmful oral bacteria and lingering food particles from the mouth, which reduces the risk of dental decay that can lead to the development of cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day, but after every meal is ideal. To adequately clean your teeth and gums, the ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes.
- Flossing daily. Your mouth features a lot of areas that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Flossing removes food and bacteria from between your teeth and below the gum line, two areas of the mouth most frequently associated with dental decay.
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Your mouth contains many hard-to-clean areas that brushing can miss. Using an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing and flossing can help eliminate bacteria that lingers in those areas such as the back molars and between your teeth. While rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash doesn’t replace the need to floss or brush, it does add one more layer of protection to your daily oral hygiene routine. As an added bonus, it will also help keep your breath minty fresh!
While maintaining an oral hygiene routine will help to significantly improve your oral and overall health, enjoying a lifetime of quality oral health also means scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings at our dentist office in Nocona.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
While brushing and flossing help to protect your teeth from the wear they experience daily, scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings with Nocona dentist Dr. Benjamin Anderson helps to repair and prevent any damage that may occur to your oral health. Dental exams provide Dr. Anderson the opportunity to identify the signs of tooth decay and gum disease early on before either condition can cause serious damage to your long-term oral health. Early detection provides Dr. Anderson with the opportunity to treat these types of oral health conditions more effectively, so any damage to your oral health can be repaired and future problems prevented.
Dental cleanings provide our staff of gentle dental hygienists the time to remove plaque deposits from your mouth, which lowers your risk of dental decay and disease. Plaque – a sticky biofilm comprised of bacteria and lingering food particles – builds up on the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When not properly cleaned, plaque hardens into tartar, a yellowish film that discolors your teeth. If not removed, tartar deposits can cause gum inflammation which increases the risk of oral health problems such as gum recession and oral infection. Tartar can only be removed from your teeth during a professional cleaning, so schedule your next dental exam and cleaning at our conveniently located Nocona dental office today!
As a kids’ dentist in Nocona, Dr. Anderson understands that many younger patients simply don’t possess the manual dexterity needed to properly clean their teeth. An inability to reach and clean areas like the back molars increases their risk of tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealants effectively “seal” away these hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, and prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria that contributes to decay. Using a thin plastic resin coating, dental sealants are applied to the most vulnerable areas of a child’s mouth. Dr. Anderson can apply sealants in one quick visit. Sealants are incredibly durable, and can last for several years before a reapplication is needed.