Do you want your smile to sparkle forever? Do you want to see less of your dentist and more of your smile? By practicing proper oral health, you can keep your pearly whites healthy while feeling great about your appearance.
Keeping your mouth clean and free of disease is vital to maintaining oral health. Good dental hygiene can also prevent bad breath and help you maintain your overall health.
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Avoid tobacco use
If you have any questions about your oral health call our dentist at 717-334-0555 as soon as an oral health problem arises. At Dental Arts of Gettysburg we believe that taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, your dentist can help identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral condition, he or she will develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as periodontal disease, a dry mouth or other disorders.
The mouth is often considered a window to the rest of the body because many other illnesses first present themselves as changes within the mouth. As a result, a comprehensive oral exam is recommended each time you visit a new practice to serve as a benchmark of your overall health.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and especially tap water. This mineral helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in the mouth. It attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel.
Gentle Professional Cleanings
People over the age of four or five should visit their dentist for a professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. To maintain oral health, it is very important that you stay current on the condition of your teeth so that if problems are detected, they can be treated early to avoid developing more serious issues.
At Dental Arts of Gettysburg, we provide comfortable, gentle teeth cleanings, specifically to detect, deter and prevent gum disease. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep gum cleaning to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.
Oral Cancer Screening
The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative!
Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? You are not alone. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that nearly 22 million other Americans suffer from it as well, with more than 80% of those cases going undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is more than just a mere annoyance, however. An estimated 1,000 people die from it every year, and it could be your oral health that is to blame. This serious medical condition causes repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night; the pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 or more times per hour. They happen because the airway is obstructed; however, not all snoring is a result of a sleep apnea diagnosis.
The first sign of sleep apnea is often teeth grinding (bruxism). Dentists on the lookout for signs of sleep apnea will search for worn tooth surfaces, which is a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth. Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea. Other signs are a small jaw, a tongue with scalloped edges, or redness in the throat (caused by excessive snoring, which is another symptom of sleep apnea).
Snoring occurs when there is an obstructed flow of air through the mouth and nose areas. Sixty-seven percent of adults suffer from snoring, and it is estimated that over 120 million people in the United States snore every single night. Snoring can originate from a variety of different causes, but it usually stems from an obstructed nasal airway, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, weak throat and tongue muscles, bulky throat tissue or a long soft palate and/or uvula. Habitual snorers are commonly at risk for sleep apnea, as well as chronic tiredness, unnecessary strain on the heart and a reduction in their overall quality of life.
Your dentist can help you reduce chronic snoring by ensuring an unobstructed airflow through your mouth and nose. A custom-molded plastic oral appliance can be fitted to hold the lower jaw in its proper position at night so that you enjoy a healthy airflow and a good night's sleep.