At this point, reminding people to brush their teeth is a bit silly. Everyone knows it is important, yet too many of us neglect oral hygiene, to at least some extent. Of course, in addition to just brushing and flossing, you also need to go to the dentist, if you want your teeth and gums to be healthy and happy. After all, it is your dentist that make sure that you do not have symptoms of any serious or even minor oral health condition, as there are some that you are in no position to identify, on your own. The rule of thumb, for scheduling dentist appointments, is to do so once every six months, or twice per year. That way, you will not be as likely to develop more serious conditions, as a result of neglecting them, in their initial phases. It goes without saying, though, that you have a good family dentist, that you can rely upon, such as Lone Tree’s Willow Creek Dental.
Though there is an array of oral health conditions, which your dental care providers must watch out for, there are a couple of basic ones, that are most commonly associated with oral hygiene, or lack thereof. The first and most well-known are cavities, which affect millions of people, in the United States. Both children and adults are subject to cavities, though it is often thought of as a children’s condition. Some parents assume that tooth decay, as cavities are also known, is less severe, in children, since they are going to lose their baby teeth, anyway. This is not the case, and there can be long-term consequences to losing baby teeth to tooth decay. Regardless of age and other factors, everyone must go to their family dentist, for checkups, every six months, in order to prevent severe cavities. After all, they are quite easy to treat, particularly if they are discovered, early in their development.
Periodontal disease, the other common oral hygiene-associated dental issue, is more serious, in a couple of ways. For one thing, it is not as easy to fix, with a minor and noninvasive procedure, the way cavities are. Secondly, it spreads throughout all of the gum tissue much more quickly than cavities can spread throughout all of your teeth. With both disorders, prevention is the best way to go about it, but with periodontal disease, this is especially important. Always be aware of bleeding gums or dark, puffy gums, as they are symptoms of the early stages of this uncomfortable condition.
Though not all conditions are the result of improper hygiene, all of the conditions, in your mouth are related. For instance, if you have misaligned teeth, you may be more susceptible to cavities, since it is harder to brush and floss, between all of your teeth. This is only one reason why it is good to see a cosmetic dentist, if your regular dentist notices misalignment. Treating it could have a variety of direct and indirect benefits, which is why you should at least consider braces or Invisalign.