September 12, 2016
Brighten and strengthen your smile by following these oral hygiene tips from dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block and his team. Get your teeth cleaned and examined semi-annually, and begin other smile-friendly practices for best oral health and brightest smiles.
Why Get Semi-annual Cleanings and Examinations?
Dr. James Block, family dentist in Fremont, says that the biggest obstacle to good oral health is a sticky material called plaque. This biofilm accumulates on and in between teeth, beneath the gum line and even on other soft oral tissues, such as the tongue. Plaque comes from the foods we eat, especially processed sugars and starches
Biofilm, if not removed regularly, causes tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria in plaque secrete corrosive acids that destroy tooth enamel. This process causes dental cavities. Also, when plaque mineralizes into hard tartar, it pushes gum tissue away from teeth, leading to varying degrees of gum disease–the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults.
Cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Block remove plaque and tartar simple brushing and flossing at home cannot. Also, visual inspection of teeth and gums catches tooth decay and gum disease at their earliest stages, preventing complicated and expensive restorative procedures.
Dr. Block also screens for oral cancer, bite and tooth alignment problems, and the condition of existing restorations such as fillings and crowns. He wants to see his patients more often for simple preventive care than for difficult dental conditions that can develop over time.
Oral Hygiene Tips
Dr. James Block wants your smile to stay healthy and bright between dental visits. So, he and his staff advise:
- Twice a day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing to remove food residue on and between teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush, fluoride toothpaste and your favorite flossing product. If you cannot brush because you are away from home, rinse your mouth with water after eating or chew sugarless gum. According to the American Dental Association, brushing must take at least two minutes.
- Adequate water intake. In other words, drink a minimum of eight glasses of water each day to rinse off food residues, freshen breath and encourage adequate saliva production. Saliva keeps teeth clean and reduces decay because of its antibacterial properties.
- A nutritious diet. Foods that help maintain a trim waistline are good for your teeth and gums. Avoid sugar and excessive carb intake. Consume more fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, dairy and high fiber bread, rolls and crackers.
- Stopping smoking and chewing tobacco. Besides the risk of cancer and other systemic diseases, tobacco stains teeth, fouls breath and promotes gum disease and tooth decay. Ask Dr. Block or your primary care doctor about smoking cessation programs.
Start New Habits
Hopefully, they are habits which optimize oral health. See Dr. James Block every six months as well. Contact James Block Dentistry today to reserve your convenient appointment.
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