Posts for tag: oral hygiene
Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a thirdÂ to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”
Dr. James E. Cox and Dr. Adam Z. Cox of Cox Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL, want to ask you an important question: Do you know what good oral hygiene consists of?
The sad truth is, a lot of people in Jasper might not.
For example, most people know to brush their teeth and floss. Both Dr. James and Dr. Adam Cox agree brushing and flossing are important habits to maintain. But there’s a little more to it than just scrubbing away with your toothbrush.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily, using a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth at least once a day with dental floss or some other interdental cleaner. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. The ADA also recommends using dental products that carry the ADA seal of approval.
The other part of the oral hygiene equation is regular dental visits. In fact, it’s very important that you see your dentist in Jasper regularly to maintain optimum oral hygiene and health. No matter how diligent you are, your brushing and flossing cannot get to all areas of your teeth and gums. Worse, if you are not using proper technique, you may be damaging your oral health rather than preserving it. You should visit your Jasper dentists, Dr. James or Dr. Adam Cox, at least twice a year.
When you visit Dr. James or Dr. Adam Cox, you are going to receive a thorough check up. They are going to be able to see things you don’t because they are going to have the training and the technology to do so. They are going to be able to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, hitting those places you can’t. They are also going to be able to make recommendations and help you with daily oral hygiene habits.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified dentist in Jasper, AL, consider making an appointment with Dr. James Cox or Dr. Adam Cox at Cox Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Jasper, AL. For more information call 205-384-4000.