The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Have you ever worked hard for several hours outdoors during the summer? You probably know the feeling of being too hot, sweaty, and dirty. Now, imagine if you couldn’t take a shower until the next day. You would probably feel awful, and need extra shower time to scrub clean. It may seem hard to believe, but every time you eat or drink, your teeth feel just like they’ve been working outside in the heat. Natural bacteria in the mouth combine with foods and drinks (especially sugars) and create an “acid attack.” These repeated assaults can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. What’s more, the longer we wait to brush, the harder it is to remove the bacteria because it forms a protective layer called biofilm that sticks to the surface of teeth. This sticky, acidic substance is commonly referred to as plaque, and it is the building block of most major oral health concerns. The good news: with proper at-home care and regular dental appointments, teeth remain strong and healthy for a lifetime. If you want to find out more about how to protect your teeth, call the skilled New Orleans dentistry team at Canatella Dental.

Regular Dental Checkups with your New Orleans Dentist

Advances in medicine have extended the average lifespan by more than a decade, and luckily, parallel innovations in dentistry are making it possible for more and more people to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. It may surprise you to learn that the greatest advances in dental and general health care aren’t machines or medicines. The most innovative change in medicine that has saved the most lives in the past 100 years is the increased emphasis on preventive care.

You may have heard the idiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin spoke this famous line in 1736 as part of his rational for forming the Philadelphia Union Fire Company, but this slogan is just as true in reference to medical and dental healthcare. That’s why we recommend frequent dental hygiene appointments and oral examinations. These cleanings remove plaque that has hardened into calculus or “tartar.” At dental checkups, Dr.Todd Canatella will take the time to examine each tooth and the gum line screening for tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism (teeth clenching/grinding), TMJ dysfunction, and oral cancer. When caught in the earliest stages, we can treat all of these potentially devastating oral health issues quickly and effectively from the comfort of our New Orleans dental practice.

Awesome At-Home Care Tips

The Canatella Dental team only has the opportunity to care for your smile a few times a year, but the remaining days of the year are up to you. A great at home care routine should include:

  • Tooth brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes at a time
  • Using a clean toothbrush with “soft” or “ultra soft” bristles
  • Refraining from eating or drinking 30 minutes after brushing or using fluoride mouth wash
  • Replacing toothbrushes every 3 months
  • Storing toothbrushes upright and uncovered to allow the bristles to dry between uses preventing fungus, mold, and bacteria growth
  • Flossing once a day between each tooth and brushing or using an antimicrobial mouth wash following
  • Drinking plenty of water and eating fruits and vegetables

Call the Dentists 70124 Residents Prefer – Canatella Dental

The best way to protect your smile and keep it for a lifetime is to practice great oral hygiene every day. The caring team at Canatella Dental are always at your service, if you would like pointers regarding your at home care or feel you need some extra help keeping your teeth healthy. We offer you brushing and flossing demonstrations as well as providing prescription strength fluoride toothpastes or dental sealants for patients at greater risk for decay. Call to find out more about preventive dental services from the dentist New Orleans residents love.