In general, the overarching goal of taking care of your smile is to help you prevent things from occurring that could call for the need for extensive treatment. For example, tooth loss can affect your smile and oral health in ways that require custom tooth replacement, including the placement of dental implant posts. Even if an oral health problem is addressed before a tooth is lost, restoring your smile could still require highly involved treatment. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can improve your chances of avoiding such risks by improving the way you care for your smile on a daily basis.
Simple, but important, hygiene tips
- Brush thoroughly, but not forcefully – Brushing your teeth and keeping them clean are the foundations of good hygiene. However, cleaning your teeth isn’t like cleaning any other surface, and you won’t do them any favors by applying more pressure with your toothbrush. To clean your teeth with optimal effectiveness without causing them harm, brush to carefully remove all traces of plaque, while applying a minimal amount of force. This is especially true if you have an existing restoration placed to repair or replace any previously compromised or lost teeth.
- Take special care of existing restorations – If you do have an existing restoration, whether it’s to repair or replace a tooth, it’s important to care for the restoration as much as you care for your healthy, natural teeth. For instance, failing to clean the gum line around your teeth and restoration properly can lead to the development of gum disease in the periodontal tissues around them. This can cause significant damage to your gum tissues, the ligaments around your teeth roots (or dental implants), and the jawbone structure that supports your teeth and restoration.
- Avoid damaging your teeth or restorations – No matter how careful you build your hygiene routine around cleaning your teeth and restoration, the routine itself only takes up a small amount of time each day. The rest of the time, it’s important to be careful with how you treat your teeth and restoration to avoid damaging them or wearing them down extensively. For example, avoiding grinding your teeth habitually, or chewing on things like ice consistently, which can expose your teeth and restoration to undue amounts of pressure and friction.
Learn how to minimize your oral health risks
With a careful and thorough dental hygiene and maintenance schedule, you have a good chance of minimizing your risks of tooth loss and most other oral health concerns. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.