You know it without us telling you: brush twice a day and floss at least once. It sounds like a cinch, right? Usually it is, but there are a lot of ways these essential habits can be done improperly, and over time (or rather quickly), they can cause damage. For example, things like brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush and applying too much pressure can cause your gums to recede, which may lead to exposed tooth roots and eventually the loss of teeth.
Luckily, the reverse is true: when you’ve got the correct technique and you’re using products proven to help your teeth and gums stay strong, your teeth have a better chance of serving you for life. Your regular checkups can motivate you to keep doing well and help us spot trouble before it reaches a stage that requires more invasive interventions.
If you’re looking for a comfortable office and a compassionate dentist to meet the oral health needs and goals of you and your loved ones, we’d be happy to welcome you to our dental family! Schedule a visit with your Dickinson and League City dentist, Dr. Agee Kunjumon of Touchstone Dentistry today!
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Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day removes food debris, prevents plaque from hardening into tartar, freshens breath, removes surface stains, and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle, and brush in small, circular motions. Curve your floss around each tooth, avoid snapping the string up and down, and use a clean section each time you move.
Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, but it’s also been linked to a 50% increase in your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, and many other potentially deadly health complications. Luckily, it’s treatable and preventable. Your oral hygiene regimen is essential in the fight against gingivitis, which in its later stages is known as periodontitis—at this stage, it can even cause your jawbone to deteriorate.
Have you heard that one American per hour dies of oral cancer? That equates to about 8,000 deaths annually. One of the reasons it claims so many lives is because it’s often found in later stages. Tobacco and alcohol use still remain high risk factors, but Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is reportedly the #1 risk factor. We screen our patients at each visit with OralID™, a fluorescence tool that illuminates abnormalities. We want to keep you informed and safe so you can have peace of mind.
Maintaining optimal oral health includes protection from injury. You know not to open packaging with your teeth, for example, but do you know the importance of wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports or wearing a nightguard to prevent nighttime bruxism? For maximum protection from traumatic injuries, we recommend a customized mouthguard, and to help alleviate TMJ pain and excessive wear of your teeth, we can create comfortable nightguards.