Tips for Preventing Dental Problems
Each day, the media comes up with new research that draws connections between oral health problems and general health problems. Most patients know that neglecting their oral health has more severe consequences than simply having yellowed teeth or a few cavities. It is important to practice good oral hygiene and visit our Northridge dentist regularly for a routine dental exam to prevent oral health problems.
Since you were a child, your dentist has emphasized the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth. This advice is as solid today as it was back then. Brushing your teeth twice per day and after consuming sugary meals will help clear away harmful bacteria as well as plaque. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth before they can form tartar or cause periodontal disease. If you need help with your brushing technique or if you are brushing and flossing regularly but still experiencing dental problems, your dentist can help you.
Similarly, a lot of dental and oral health problems can be avoided by recognizing the early warning signs of problems and visiting the dentist before these signs develop into something more serious. Tooth sensitivity that lasts after the source of the heat or cold is removed can indicate a nerve problem or a problem with the dental enamel. Similarly, a toothache can indicate a serious problem. Toothaches often are an early warning sign for a serious infection. Loose permanent teeth also indicate a problem, as do swollen or bleeding gums.
If you are experiencing any of these signs of dental problems, or if you have not been to the dentist for a routine checkup within the past six months, it is time to make an appointment. Call Northridge Dental Group to make an appointment today.
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