If you want to be healthy, you have to take care of your teeth and gums. Because of the fact that oral health and hygiene are related to so many other parts of your health, you need to pay attention to these things to live a healthy, balanced life. That is why it is so important to brush and floss regularly and to the family dentist for routine checkups. There are countless different health problems that you are less likely to develop if you have good oral hygiene habits, including serious chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes. So, if you do not have a family dentist to see regularly, you should make an appointment soon.
Of course, it is mainly to watch out for oral health related conditions that your dentist inspects your teeth. The two most well-known and prevalent oral health problems are cavities and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the condition that affects the gums, and cavities are an issue that concerns the teeth. They are both concerning in different ways, and they both can be prevented simply by taking good care of your teeth. The first step in preventing oral health problems like cavities and gingivitis is to brush both your teeth and gums thoroughly at least twice a day. You also need to floss your teeth and gums at least once a day, and you need to be sure you are doing so properly. This is another thing that your dentist can help guide you through. A big part of family dentistry is to teach children and adults alike how to better care for their teeth and gums, so they are less likely to have issues with cavities and periodontal disease.
The way cavities occur is by allowing too much plaque to build up on a certain part of a tooth. This spot will eventually begin to rot and deteriorate, as a result of all of the acidic plaque. This then causes a small hole of rotted tooth material to form. This is why they are called cavities. While this sounds very disturbing, there is actually a pretty simple way to fix them, as long as they are caught fairly early on. What dentists do is drill out the infected part and then fill it up with a plaster substance, which dries quickly to avoid complications. The plaster basically reforms the part of the tooth that has been removed.
Periodontal disease is a little different and a little trickier. This is for two reasons. First of all, periodontal disease affects all of the gum tissue, in many cases. This means that all of your teeth are potentially at risk, if you were to have a serious infection. Not only that, there is no quick fix for periodontal disease. The best thing you can do is keep your teeth and gums clean and try to avoid letting the condition get worse. It can be reversed, but if not, dental implants may be the only option left.