At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers a wider range of preventive dental services to help keep your smile healthy and problem free. Dr. Sinclair suggests that patients practice preventive care to improve the overall function and health of their teeth and gums.
The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health concerns; however, it is preventable with proper dental care and regular visits to a trusted dentist. In this post, we will discuss the proper ways to improve your gum health and get one step closer to a healthier smile.
Improving Your Gum Health
Your gum health is an important part of maintaining optimal oral health. When the gums become infected, it may cause symptoms like halitosis, bleeding gums, receding gums, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health concerns, but it is avoidable if patients take the right preventive measures. Keeping your gums healthy promotes a healthier more functional smile and only requires a few minutes out of your daily routine. Try incorporating these key tips to improve your gum health.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps remove food particles, debris, and bacteria that are stuck between the teeth and under the gum line. Make sure you are properly flossing the front, back, and sides of your teeth to thoroughly remove harmful bacteria. There are a variety of flossing products that patients can choose from. Find whatever product works best for your lifestyle. If you have any questions about flossing, feel free to ask Dr. Sinclair during your visit to our Virginia Beach, VA dental office.
- Visit Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry for a routine dental checkup. Even if you follow a regular oral hygiene routine at home, it is still important to schedule regular preventive care visits with an experienced dentist. During your visit, Dr. Sinclair will carefully examine your teeth and gums to check for any signs of dysfunction. Patients will also receive a detailed dental cleaning to remove any plaque buildup from above and below the gum line and tartar from the teeth. Professional dental cleanings are an important part of keeping the teeth clean. Normal brushing and flossing may not be able to remove plaque build-up that accumulates below the gum line, so it is necessary for a dental professional to address your teeth.
- Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Certain foods can negatively impact your oral health if you are not careful. Try to avoid sweets and acidic foods. If you do consume sweets and acidic food make sure you properly clean your teeth afterward. When you don’t properly clean your teeth, plaque can form and eventually affect your gum health.
Schedule A Visit
At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients achieve a healthier, brighter smile. If you need to schedule a preventive care exam or have any question regarding your gum health, contact our Virginia Beach dental office. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA.