Good Dental Hygiene results in good breathe and a healthy smile. It ensures that your teeth is free of debris and the gums are not bleeding and are pink and healthy. Gums should not hurt during flossing or brushing. There are several precautions that anyone can take to avoid future Dental problems. Good Dental Hygiene can be practiced by following.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably once in the Morning and the other before bed time.
- Floss your teeth regularly.
- Eat balanced diet and limit snacks between the meals.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid dehydration.
- Quit smoking and rinse your mouth regularly.
- Visit your Dentist regularly.
Gum Disease / Periodontics
Gum disease occurs, when infection spreads around the gums that support the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in young adults. Usually these are painless and so it can easily go unnoticed. The start of the gum disease is from the plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria around your teeth.
Early warning signs of Gum Disease
Easy Bleeding, red swollen and tender gums, gums that pull away from the teeth and a persistent bad breathe are the early indicators that you may be suffering from the gum disease. Poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, diabetes, genetics and medications can trigger the gum disease. If you can see your Dentist early, better your chances are to treat it better.
Advanced gum disease is called Periodontitis. Approximately 45% of adults age over 30 suffer from Periodontitis in USA. If left untreated, it can result in bone loss and loss of tissue and can become more severe. In this stage, your teeth will feel loose and moving around the mouth. You do not have to loose your teeth due to Perodontitis, if you visit your Dentist early.
Post Operative Care after Deep Cleaning Procedure
Because of the condition of your gums and the subsequent gum treatment, you may experience some or all of the following:
- On the day of the procedure and after your treatment, please be aware that your cheek, lip and possibly your tongue will be anesthetized. Do not chew until your anesthesia wears off.
- Your gums may be tender for 1 to 3 days following treatment. Take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin.
- Also try to avoid eating hard, crunchy, spicy foods as your gums are tender and sore for 1-3 days after the procedure.
- Due to the removal of plaque and tartar, your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold.
- Continue to maintain good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing). Good home care is essential to the healing and success of this procedure.
- Following treatment, using Peridex as prescribed will be helpful to the healing process.
- Some recession may develop as the gums become healthier and increase in firmness. This will uncover the periodontal pockets and better enable you to clean the surfaces of your teeth.
- Please keep your follow-up visit as we can monitor your gum health after the deep cleaning.
Also, called as Composite fillings , are resin material that come in different shades to match the natural teeth. There have been constant advancements with these materials with a goal of improving its quality and strength.
Composite restorations are mercury free and more commonly used because of its esthetics as we can match the filling to your natural teeth.
The tooth with the cavity is prepared for the filling, and is cleaned or “etched” with acid and then a special “bonding agent “ is applied and a special light is used to treat the bonding agent. After this the composite filling is placed in layers and “cured” with the special light. This procedure may take a little longer than other types of filling as it has to be done in layers and is technique sensitive.
The common reaction after these types of filling is sensitivity which gradually decreases over a period of time.