May 31, 2017
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” “Everything is OK, nothing hurts!” We hear this daily. Unfortunately, in dentistry if it hurts, it is usually too late! If a tooth hurts, it means the nerve might be infected and you need a root canal. If the gums hurt, you usually have an advanced case of periodontal disease and in danger of losing your teeth and they still might not hurt. If your jaw is hurting you might have symptoms of TMJ, which could lead to debilitating pain and discomfort.
Leaving your smile at risk of decay, and gum disease and TMD, has a serious effect on oral and overall wellbeing, but prevention is easy. Your Coral Gables dentist, Dr. Bushdid, emphasizes the need for regular preventive care in this week’s blog post.
Regular Brushing and Flossing Keeps Smiles Healthy
One of the most important aspects for a long-lasting smile is what you do at home, or your regular dental hygiene routine. You should properly brush your teeth at least twice a day, though after each meal is even better. Brush each quadrant gently, in circular motions, for 30 seconds (electric toothbrushes come with a timer so you know when to switch sides). Use a fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen the tooth enamel. Floss carefully between each tooth at least once a day. Adding a mouth rinse can provide additional help ridding the mouth of bacteria — but it is never a substitute for brushing or flossing.
Visiting the Dentist Regularly Is Key, Too
In addition to maintaining a successful at-home hygiene routine, make sure that you are visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You probably won’t be able to detect potential issues like cavities, gum disease, worn dental work, or oral cancer on your own at home. Letting us check in on your oral health regularly allows us to catch these problems early, while the most conservative (and successful) treatment is still possible.
During a routine checkup and hygiene appointment, our team will remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and check in on your periodontal (gum) tissue. We will also take x-rays annually so Dr. Bushdid can get a more in-depth look at your teeth and oral structures. During the exam, he’ll look at each tooth, checking for decay, evidence of wear and tear, broken or malfunctioning dental work, and any other issues requiring further attention. If problems do exist, we will put together a plan for restorative dentistry and plan for you to come back as soon as is necessary given your situation.
Preventing TMJ Discomfort
Dr. Bushdid has been helping patients suffering from debilitating symptoms of TMJ (TMD), such as migraines, TMJ noise/pain and neck pain, for many years. Most of symptoms could have been prevented if caught early. That is why, Dr. Bushdid has made more of an emphasis of seeing young patients and educating parents on the importance of proper nasal breathing and the role of the tongue.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
When was your last visit to the dentist? If it has been more than six months, it’s time for your routine preventive care! Take some time to request an appointment today. We can’t wait to see your smile!
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