Loose teeth, enamel erosion, and severe discoloration are signs that your teeth need immediate treatment from a dentist. When patients get to this point they are often afraid of losing their teeth. Periodontists and dentists often hear the common request from patients, “Tell me how to save my teeth.” Adhering to the following preventative measures will aid you in keeping your teeth healthy and disease-free.
You’ve heard it ever since you were a kid, but brushing and flossing go long way in keeping your teeth healthy. Brushing removes plaque buildup on the surface of the teeth, while flossing removes plaque and food particles from hard to reach places like the spaces between teeth and along the gumline. It is also not a bad idea to use mouthwash, as it removes food particles left in the mouth after brushing and flossing.
If your teeth are in pain, bleeding, or loose, it’s a good idea to see a dentist immediately. A long held rule of thumb is that you should have a dental check-up twice a year. Regular check-ups allow you to have your teeth cleaned by a professional and give your dentist an opportunity to examine your teeth to check for problems. Cavities in their early stages and mild periodontal disease can usually be remedied because they have been caught early.
Unfortunately, sometimes we do wait too long to be treated and will have to undergo a procedure like a root canal or gum surgery to bring our teeth back to adequate health. Dental surgery is not the end of the process. It is imperative that you follow all directions provided to you by your dentist to keep your teeth healthy. This may mean using a prescription mouthwash or attending all follow-up appointments with the dentist.
If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while and are worrying about saving your teeth, contact Miami Perio today.