Tips for your healthiest mouth
Dr. Jeremy Gordon is a St. Augustine dentist who wants all his patients to enjoy the benefits of good oral health. Visiting Gordon Dental Associates every 6 months is important, but what is even more crucial is the way you care for your mouth every day. Good oral hygiene habits can stave off detrimental infections like dental caries (cavities) and gingivitis (gum disease). Even if you have been visiting the dentist your entire life there is always something new to learn about taking care of your mouth.
Understand your risk for decay
What most patients don’t know is that each of us has a thin layer of bacteria on our teeth called biofilm. When the bacterial community in the biofilm is out of balance and bacteria that favor the production of acid take over, dental decay occurs. There are several contributing factors that can tip the balance of the biofilm causing a diseased state. Some risk factors include:
- Previous history of decay
- Frequent snacking
- Medication use
- Dry mouth
- Presence of oral appliances
- Systemic disease
- Too much bacteria or the wrong kind of bacteria in the biofilm
Dr. Jeremy Gordon will assess your risk for decay and discuss your particular risk factors with you to determine a specialized course of action.
Pay attention to your gums, your heart will thank you
We know most folks stretch the truth when it comes to flossing. But know that we don’t ask to put you on the spot or make you feel guilty. We ask because we care. Gum disease has been connected to many systemic diseases. According to the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health:
Oral systemic health is the connection between oral health and overall health. Countless studies have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications.
If you are not flossing and brushing regularly your risk for developing gum disease increases; as does your risk for these debilitating systemic issues. Brushing twice daily and flossing are more important than you may think.
Come see us regularly
Seeing a dental professional on a regular basis can help mitigate risk for serious infection or the progression of oral disease past the point of repair. It is critical to your oral health and overall health that you come in for regular screenings (oral cancer, dental caries and gum disease) so we can intervene early if there is something wrong.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene, or would like to schedule a consultation with your St. Augustine dentist, Dr. Gordon at Gordon Dental Associates, don’t wait; give us a call today at: (904) 460-0999.