Keep your smile healthy with good habits and regular dental care in Longview
It is often said that prevention is always the best cure, and these words of wisdom are timeless. Dr. Clint Bruyere and his skilled staff are dedicated to keeping Longview smiles healthy and beautiful. Although we offer a number of restorative procedures, we prefer to help our patients avoid painful, unsightly, and expensive dental problems.
Of course, one of the most important things you can do is visit us every six months. No matter how diligent you are with hygiene, there will be some missed plaque. It can be difficult or impossible to clean all groves and fissures, below the gum line, between crowded teeth, and under fixed bridges. Your hygienist uses specially designed tools to remove any accumulated plaque or tartar. However, cleaning is only part of good dental care.
Your dentist and hygienist will monitor your oral health, watching for any unusual changes between visits. They can detect decay or infection early, when it can be treated with simple and conservative procedures. They will also look for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer – conditions in which early detection may be lifesaving.
Unfortunately, we don’t see you every day. Therefore, good daily habits are essential for maintaining oral health. How can you protect your smile?
- Brush at least twice a day, for about two or three minutes. Be sure to brush all surfaces of all teeth.
- Floss once a day. You can only access about two thirds of the tooth surface with a brush.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is unhealthy for your whole body, including your teeth. Water also helps rinse away food particles and bacteria that might accumulate between brushing.
- Avoid acidic or sugary foods and beverages when possible. If you consume them, rinse your mouth immediately afterwards, and brush in about an hour. Acid temporarily softens tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can cause damage.
- Consume a healthy diet. You are probably aware that proper nutrition, vitamins, and anti-oxidants are important for maintaining a healthy immune system. That includes your natural resistance to periodontal disease. Mineral-rich foods also help keep bone and tooth tissue strong.
- Follow your dentist’s advice. The best oral hygiene routine is a little different for everyone. Dr. Bruyere will make recommendations based on your oral health, ongoing treatments, dental restorations, overall health, and other individual factors.
A fantastic smile is the result of a cooperative effort between you and your dental team. Take the first step today – call 903-708-6116 and schedule an appointment