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How your dentists in Katonah, New York can help the health of your smile
Gum disease affects many people and it affects both the young and the old, both women and men, and it can lead to more serious complications and affect your overall health. The good news is gum disease can be treated. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York offer a full range of treatments to help your gums and teeth get healthy and stay healthy.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria contained in the plaque which forms on your teeth. The bacteria cause inflammation, which leads to swelling, redness, and bleeding. In fact, you may have gum disease if you notice:
- Your gums bleed during brushing and flossing
- Your gums look red, swollen, or puffy
- Your gums are irritated or painful
- You notice chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
If you think you have gum disease, you must begin a program of great oral hygiene, which includes:
Brushing after each meal and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a gentle circular motion on all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its flushing action.
Floss at least once each day; use either waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps the floss to stay on the tooth surface and remove plaque more efficiently. You can use floss picks instead of a piece of floss if you have arthritis or other dexterity issues.
Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a thorough dental exam including x-rays; visiting your dentist regularly can make the difference and help prevent gum disease from turning into periodontal disease, which damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six months for a thorough dental cleaning; your hygienist will remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth.
Gum disease can be treated and you can achieve a healthy smile, but you have to get started. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding gum and periodontal disease, call Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, New York today!
A study cited in the New York Post shows that a full 30 percent of Millennial Americans brush their teeth once a day, and the rest of that age group brush in a hit-and-miss fashion. What about you? Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? At ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY your dentists, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin, stress how important regular oral care is--both at home and at the dental office. Read on about how to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Plaque and tartar
Dentists call them biofilms. They are the residues left on teeth after meals and snacks. Carbohydrate-based foods cause the most soft plaque which, if not removed by brushing and flossing, hardens into calculus, or tartar. Both plaque and tartar are vast reservoirs of Streptococcus bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease. To avoid both potentially devastating conditions, children through senior adults should follow strict habits of oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene habits
They start at home--in babyhood actually, when Mom or Dad wipes a little's one's mouth clean after each feeding. This oral hygiene habit progresses to brushing with non-fluoride toothpaste and eventually to fluoride toothpaste and flossing.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone brush twice a day and floss in between teeth once a day. Morning and bedtime are best and whenever sugary foods are consumed.
Additionally, a healthy diet actually is a great oral hygiene habit. Your Katonah dentists advise:
- Limiting processed sugars and carbohydrates
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Consuming low-fat proteins, calcium from dairy products and dark leafy vegetables and upping the intake of whole grains (as opposed to refined grains), such as rice, oats, barley and wheat (if tolerated)
- Drinking water a day to help saliva production and keep teeth and gums clean
Finally, your partnership with ParkLin Dental is an important oral hygiene habit. Dr. Park and Dr. Lin usually recommend patients come to the office every six months for complete check-ups and hygienic cleanings. In-office prophylaxis avoids complicated oral health problems by diagnosing them early and by removing the tartar and plaque which inflame gum tissue and decay tooth enamel.
Your dentist will advise you if semi-annual check-ups are adequate or if you should come in more often (if you need periodontal maintenance, for instance). Also, the doctor may recommend fluoride treatments or plastic sealants, simple preventive services which protect teeth from developing decay.
How are you doing?
When you practice good oral hygiene, you can anticipate great check-ups and years of healthy smiles. If it's time for your six-month check-up and cleaning, please contact the office team at ParkLin Dental for an appointment: (914) 232-8182.