Three Destructive Forces
CAVITIES ARE PREVENTABLE
Preventing cavities is all about establishing a healthy balance in your mouth, which is different for everyone and changes throughout your life. If you are getting cavities, you should add more and more of the following things to your routine until you establish a cavity-free mouth. First, brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride containing toothpaste (check the active ingredients). Second, floss. Third, make water your primary drink between meals. Fourth, limit snacking. Fifth, consider an electric toothbrush. Sixth, talk with Dr. Haynie about a prescription strength toothpaste. These are the most straightforward ways to improve the balance in your mouth. For other ideas, talk with Dr. Haynie at your next checkup.
AVOIDING GUM DISEASE
We all know the value of a strong foundation. Our teeth are supported by gums and bone. When our gums bleed, or our breath smells, or our mouth feels sensitive and uncomfortable, these are signs that we have gum disease which will erode the bone that supports our teeth. For minor gum disease, or gingivitis, the solution is more diligent brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. For patients with advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, additional therapy will prevent any further erosion of the bone.
Life can be stressful; and when it is, many people grind or clench their teeth at night. Grinding your teeth will slowly cause your teeth to wear away little by little until the softer, inner layer is exposed. Grinding can also cause your teeth to fracture or crack, which can be painful and will require dental care. Clenching will not wear your teeth down but can cause them to crack, chip, or fracture. Signs that you might grind or clench include chipping, lines appearing, otherwise healthy teeth breaking, waking up with a sore jaw or teeth, enlarged muscles around you jaw. Oftentimes family or friends might tell you that they can hear you grinding your teeth and that it wakes them up. This is the most straightforward oral destructive force to fix. We can make a custom night guard that will prevent you from taking out life’s stresses on your teeth.
Mouth Healthy is a website built by the American Dental Association for patients like you. You can find answers to questions ranging from ‘how do I take care of my child’s teeth?’ to ‘what should I do to protect my prosthetic joint from infection?’ and many things in between.