Adult's Dentistry in East Brunswick, NJ
Providing Adult's Dentistry
It’s easy to ignore, but a little bit of tooth decay or gum disease usually leads to a little bit more. However, one thing is certain. If left untreated, it almost always results in pain, emergency treatment, and tooth loss. So why does this happen?
It's an Infection
Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria. Some of them can be harmful, while others are beneficial. A few of them love nothing more than to chew on the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. They need energy, just like all living things. They eat sugars as their favorite snack, but they also use simple carbohydrates in their diet to make energy.
They also produce waste, just like all living things. Acidic wastes that are deposited on teeth can cause damage to the enamel and lead to cavities.
Some bacteria can produce toxic waste, which causes bleeding gums and damages the bone around the teeth. It is known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the main reason why people lose their teeth and have to wear dentures.
We can treat most infections with antibiotics. However, mouth bacteria requires a different approach. Regular cleanings and checkups can help find new cavities and remove plaque that harbours millions of harmful bacteria. Our team will tailor a treatment plan for high-risk patients. There are many ways to strengthen weak enamel that has not yet turned into decay.
The complex cycle that is inflammation and infection goes beyond the mouth and gums. Research continues to reveal the many ways oral health can impact our overall health, including our heart health. Oral health can impact medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and some types of cancer. Inflamed or bleeding gums can allow mouth bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The bacteria is carried by blood flow, which acts as a river. They can cause damage to the vessel lining, which could lead to blockage. Bleeding gums can cause strokes or heart attacks.
A Few tips to maintaining a healthy mouth
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes and floss at the very least once per day.
- Although it sounds long, it does make a difference. You might consider buying an electric toothbrush that has a built-in clock or setting the timer on your smartphone. You can also use toothpicks, proxy toothbrushes, or a Waterpik if you don’t want to floss.
- Your toothbrush should be thoroughly rinsed and replaced every three months.
- Bacteria linger on your toothbrush, finding their way back into the mouth the next time you brush.
- Strain sugary liquids.
- A straw helps keep sugar from bathing the teeth directly before swallowing.
- After eating, drink water.
- Water is a great way to remove food particles from your teeth. We all could use more water!
- W should treat cavities immediately.
- Cavities don’t hurt until they get to a critical stage. Don’t forget, a little bit of decay can lead to a lot more.
- Every six months, see your hygienist.
- Suppose you visit us twice per year, your risk of developing severe dental problems decreases. Patients who schedule preventive dentistry have lower dental costs and more time than patients who wait for emergency cases to occur.