Scheduling preventative dental care ranks only behind daily brushing and flossing as the most important action patients need to take to ensure quality oral health. Harmful bacteria that thrives in the mouth use the food and drinks we consume to produce substances that slowly erode away at the health of our teeth.
To enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, patients need to practice quality at-home oral care that includes:
- Brushing at least twice a day. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day – once after waking in the morning and again right before bed. While it’s great if you have the opportunity to brush after every meal, your need to at least brush thoroughly twice a day to protect your long-term oral health.
- Floss daily. Many dentists believe that flossing actually plays a more important role in protecting the health of your teeth and gums than brushing. Despite the important role flossing plays, studies have found that only 40 percent of Americans floss daily, and that 10 percent don’t floss at all. Flossing helps remove food particles and bacteria from the hard to reach areas of your mouth, and ranks as a vital part of any oral hygiene routine.
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Your mouth features a lot of cracks and crevices were bacteria can hide. Many of these hard to clean areas of the mouth remain untouched after brushing, which allows bacteria to accumulate and pose a threat to your oral health. To help eliminate harmful oral bacteria were ever it may hide, your Portland dentist recommends rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing to help remove any remaining bacteria from your mouth.
While brushing and flossing help to remove this bacteria from the surface of our teeth on a daily basis, plaque – a sticky combination of bacteria – can build up on the surface of your teeth. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar – a yellowish collection of bacteria that accumulate on the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. If allowed to remain, tartar increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Patients who schedule dental cleanings and checkups provide your dentist in downtown Portland, Dr. Bajuscak, and his professional and friendly staff of gentle dental hygienists, the opportunity to remove tartar from hard to reach areas such as between teeth and below the gum line before it has time to cause any lasting damage.
Cleanings & Oral Examinations
At City Dental, we understand that every patient has individual oral health needs. To ensure each patient who visits our downtown Portland dental office receives the treatment he or she requires, Dr. Bajuscak and his staff use digital x-rays and charting to spot any potential problems before they can develop into a more serious oral health concern. With fluoride treatments, oral examinations, teeth cleanings and oral cancer prevention screenings, Dr. Bajuscak, can help patients avoid the dangers presented by tooth decay and gum disease.
A growing amount of research has found strong links between gum disease and a number of chronic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. To reduce the risk of gum disease, patients need to continue to maintain and improve their oral health throughout their lifetime. Scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Bajuscak ranks as a vital part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and avoiding any future oral health problems that could increase a patient’s risk of developing other serious health concerns. Don’t underestimate the impact a healthy smile has on your overall health and happiness. Schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning with downtown Portland dentist Dr. Jason Bajuscak today!
For younger patients, tooth sealants help to lower the risk of decay developing in the hard to reach areas of the mouth. The back molars feature a lot of hard to clean crevices where bacteria can begin to accumulate, eventually leading to the development of decay and cavities. Tooth sealants are a thin, durable synthetic coating applied to the chewing surface of a patient’s premolars and molars to prevent the development of tooth decay. Tooth sealants quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of a patient’s teeth, forming a protective barrier over tooth enamel that prevents harmful substances produced from bacteria from doing any damage.
Tooth sealants are incredibly durable, and can last for years before needing to be reapplied. Once applied, tooth sealants blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile, and prevent no disruption to his or her ability to eat, drink, talk or smile. Tooth sealants can dramatically lower a child’s risk of tooth decay, which can help protect oral health development during childhood. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajuscak to see if tooth sealants are right for your child.
Kids and adults who participate in sports need to wear a mouth guard to protect their oral health from inadvertent trauma suffered during competition. While store bought mouth guards offer minimal protection, Dr. Bajuscak can create custom fitted mouth guards from dental molds that provide the protection needed to prevent serious damage from occurring in case of an accident.