It’s important to keep your teeth forever — or as long as you possibly can. A big part of keeping your mouth healthy means visiting our San Antonio TX dental office for regular cleanings. But you also need to be practicing great oral hygiene at home.
Advanced Dental Associates wants to educate you about preventive dentistry so you don’t have to deal with major dental problems down the road. There are a number of ways you can prevent dental problems. Unfortunately, not everyone follows good oral hygiene. Sometimes we fall for bad dental myths or we simply haven’t practiced good habits over the years.
Today we want to share five dental mistakes people make when it comes to their oral care.
Brushing too little
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. While a study by the ADA found that 7 out of 10 Americans brush their teeth twice a day, not all Americans are brushing long enough. Some people assume that you need to brush your teeth harder instead of longer, but the plaque and harmful material brushing removes is soft and sticky. Next time you brush, try to brush for at least two minutes at a time as to thorough remove that soft, sticky substance from your teeth.
There are fun digital apps for kids to use to make sure they brush for two minutes. And you can even find toothbrushes — for adults and children — that aid you brushing the full two minutes.
A healthy dental routine means that you’re brushing AND flossing. In the same study we cited earlier, the ADA found that only about 4 out of 10 American floss their teeth daily.
That’s a big concern for we dentists because floss is a major fighter in the battle against gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Here is another alarming statistic related to flossing. About 35 percent of the tooth is located beneath the gum line. It’s hard to reach that area of the tooth without floss. Think about it this way: Would you consider yourself clean if you only washed 35 percent of your body? Your teeth can’t really be considered clean until you floss.
Ignoring dental pain
We all go through aches and pains, but one thing you shouldn’t ignore is dental pain. Your teeth and gums shouldn’t hurt. That’s about as simple as we can put it. If you’re experiencing dental pain or gum pain, you need to visit our office as soon as possible. We can quickly diagnose the problem and get you out of pain. Ignoring the problem is never a good idea. A small pain can turn into a major problem. Additionally, things like cavities and gum disease will only get worse if left untreated.
Plus, above all else, we don’t want you to suffer through dental pain!
Thinking Snoring isn’t harmful
Snoring is a common problem that affects millions of American. We all know that one person in our family known for their snoring abilities. Unfortunately, snoring isn’t always innocent. It can be an indicator of something more serious: sleep apnea. People who have sleep apnea literally experience pauses in breathing at night. The more severe causes experience 30 pauses in breathing an hour.
More than 20 million people struggle with sleep apnea. There are two form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common, occurs when soft tissue obstructs the airway during sleep. Snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, but people with sleep apnea often experience:
- Waking up gasping for air
- High blood pressure
- Daytime fatigue
- Mood swings
- Problems concentrating
- Weight gain
What’s so scary about untreated sleep apnea is that it can be fatal. You can die because of sleep apnea complications. Or, sleep apnea can increase your risk of problems
Thinking Removable dentures are as good as natural teeth
Your natural teeth are the best teeth you can have. Dentures do not come close to matching the natural power of your teeth. In fact, we dentists are taught in dental school that dentures only provide about 25 to 50 percent of the power of natural teeth. That’s a huge reduction in biting force. You don’t have to speak with denture wearers long about their restoration before they tell you about their problems, such as difficulty speaking and eating. People with dentures struggle to eat many of the foods they love.
To help stabilize your dentures, we can place a series of dental implants in your mouth. Our dental implants are made from titanium and naturally merge with the jawbone. These implants can last a lifetime, and best of all, you’ll be all to eat whatever you want again.
Visit our Comprehensive Dental Office
These are just a few dental mistakes we see patients making. Our office is here to help you keep your mouth healthy or achieve the smile of your dreams. We’d love to meet you and discuss our options further. Give us a call today at 210-871-9243!