A Healthy Smile Starts With Preventative Care
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene regimen that will keep your teeth healthy and white.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums and bone are essential to oral hygiene as well. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!
Tenderness, swelling, bleeding gums and bad breath are all tell-tale signs. Periodontal disease is the #1 reason for tooth loss and it is linked to other diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. If you are a diabetic and your blood glucose levels are out of control, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose teeth than our patients who don’t have diabetes. Like all infections, serious gum disease can be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and this makes diabetes harder to control. Also, inflammation in the body, such as the inflammation in the gums, has been linked to problems in the arteries of the heart and brain.These findings are recent and potentially ground-breaking in nature. So, if you have diabetes or heart disease, a lack of proper care for your teeth and gums can increase your chances of complications.
The key steps to help our diabetic and cardiac patients maintain healthy teeth and gums include:
- Managing blood sugar levels
- Visiting the Surrey Place Dental Group team a least twice a year
- Keeping us informed of how well your diabetes is in control and medications being used
- Routine brushing and flossing, and customized care as directed
- No smoking
- We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
- Talk to our hygiene team to establish your personal treatment and overall prevention program.
We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions. Talk to our hygiene team to establish your personal treatment and overall prevention program.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it against both sides of each tooth. Don’t glide the floss into your gums. This can scratch or bruise your gums. As the floss reaches your gums, curve the floss at the base of the tooth to form a C shape.