Your Role in Preventing Dental Disease

Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria from plaque accumulates in between your teeth. Periodontal disease leads to a host of serious dental issues, including tooth loss, and has even been linked to dangerous health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

Fortunately, you can prevent dental disease by developing good oral hygiene habits. Visit your Columbus, GA family dentist for help in maintaining your teeth's health. Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp provide a wide range of dental services to help keep your teeth healthy.

Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth is one of the primary ways to prevent dental disease. Using a proper teeth-brushing technique as well as a fluoride toothpaste removes sticky plaque from your teeth. It's important to brush at least two times a day, as regular tooth brushing prevents cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Additionally, it can keep your breath fresh and gradually remove stains from your teeth.

Flossing Teeth

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is important, but that's not the only thing you need to do to prevent dental disease. Using dental floss is another important component. Dental floss removes food particles and plaque that your toothbrush is unable to reach. Flossing helps your teeth look brighter too. It plays a crucial role in preventing plaque, tartar and gum disease.

Regular Dental Checkups

Visit your dentist for a checkup every six months. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning prevents dental diseases before they start. Smokers, diabetics, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems should see their dentists more often.

During a dental checkup, your dentist checks for cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Given that patients often live unaware of these dental issues, it is important that a dentist diagnose them before they reach an advanced stage.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbus Family Dentist

Do your part in preventing dental disease by practicing excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss your teeth, and visit your dentist every six months. If you are looking for a family dentist, contact our office in Columbus, GA, by dialing 706-323-6491.