Preventative Dentistry Ottawa
As with your car, preventative maintenance is the best form of care. Just as you should change the oil and maintain other fluid levels in your car to avoid a major repair, brushing and flossing daily will help you to avoid a major dental repair. And as your car should go in for a regular checkup to diagnose any problems you may not know about, you should visit your dentist annually for a checkup and cleaning. This will diagnose any cavities so they can be repaired before they become too severe (which may lead to an extraction or abscess).
There are three levels of preventative care in dentistry: primary, secondary and tertiary.
Primary prevention focuses on proper brushing, flossing and a balanced diet. Secondary prevention focuses on early disease detection, such as gingivitis or other medical problems like diabetes. Tertiary prevention focuses on reducing the negative impact an existing condition may be causing, such as filling cavities, replacing missing teeth with dental bridges.
Everyone benefits from preventative dentistry, especially children. By teaching them how to brush, floss and care for their teeth from the beginning, they will have stronger, healthier adult teeth. Adults also benefit because rectifying problems early helps them keep their real teeth for life.
As oral health is connected to your body as a whole, it is important to keep your mouth healthy. Healthy teeth and gums will contribute to your overall health, as harmful bacteria is discouraged from breeding.
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You may not realize that even when your mouth is clean, bacteria lurk in the warm, damp cave, growing and eating incessantly. These naturally occurring microorganisms make a delicacy of even the most minute food particles, after which they deposit a sticky residue on the teeth called plaque. After you brush and floss, plaque accumulates throughout the day and night, especially in places where toothbrushes can’t reach.
Left to harden into tartar, plaque build-up irritates gums and can trigger inflammation and gum disease. Sound like a nasty situation? It doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can virtually eliminate plaque by carefully brushing and properly flossing every day.
It’s really that simple: your toothbrush cleans the tops and sides of your teeth, while the floss cleans between them. Flossing also polishes teeth and controls bad breath. An extra two or three minutes spent flossing each day can give you a huge advantage in the war against those bad bacteria. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice and flossing once daily.
THE DOWNHILL SLIDE
Although most people think they know the reasons for proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a variety of general, even life-threatening, health problems. When you don’t brush regularly, harmful bacteria multiply and plaque forms. Combined with sugar, saliva, mucus, and food debris, plaque creates a strong acid substance that eats away protective tooth enamel to cause tooth decay. A downhill slide can result.
Over time, the decay works its way below the enamel to infect tooth dentin, and this can cause pain and kill teeth. Meanwhile, plaque build up on tooth surfaces irritates gums, causing them to pull away from the teeth and expose the sensitive tooth roots. Loose gums form pockets where bacteria and infection gather. This nasty stuff can destroy the bone that holds teeth secure, resulting in tooth loosening or loss. Finally, chronic gum disease can break down the protective barrier between oral bacteria and your blood stream. This allows bacteria to enter your blood stream and increases the risk for a host of health problems like heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, diabetes complications, and pregnancy complications.