We only get one shot at taking care of our teeth, but we do have the support of dental science, great tools (like electric toothbrushes!), and the team at Dr. Lori Lemire Family Dentistry. And while Coos Bay dentistry professional Dr. Lemire and team do have many different options for our patients who need restorative work— like implants, recalcification, and adhesive dentistry– our greatest desire is that our patients don’t need these things.
You already have a great set of teeth. Here are 5 simple steps to keep them:
1) Educate yourself
Dr. Lori is a big advocate of patient education– and she’ll be the first one to jump in and help you. Due to the shear volume of dental procedures available today, staying informed can feel overwhelming. That’s where we come in. For any new procedure you may be looking at, all your options will be explained to you in detail and all your questions answered.
2) Use an electric toothbrush
The widespread availability and use of electric toothbrushes ranks as one of the biggest advanced made in home dental care. One reason they are such a boon is that, according to studies, most people don’t use the correct technique for optimum manual toothbrush use, nor do they spend enough time brushing.
Electric toothbrushes make this job easier with heads designed to maximize the amount of plaque and bacteria you remove, and come equipped with built-in timers that keep track of the minutes for you!
3) Wear a night guard (if you grind!)
Clenching or grinding your teeth at night might not show up as damaging at first, but over the years, patients can literally wear their teeth away! Not only are you losing dental real estate, but the action of grinding and clenching also breaks down supporting structures in the mouth– leading to gum recession and bone loss.
If you suspect that you either grind or clench your teeth at night while sleeping, ask Dr. Lemire about getting a custom-fitted night guard made specifically for your teeth. This can dramatically lessen the damage done, and is a cost-effective preventative step.
4) Create an oral hygiene regimen right for you
While every patient needs to brush and floss at night, the kinds of oral hygiene products you use depends greatly on your category of oral health. For example, are your teeth cavity prone? Do suffer from sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks? Do your teeth stain easily? Do you suffer from bleeding gums?
Pay special attention to your unique dental needs and incorporate the products and practices– sensitive toothpaste, or dental floss with fluoride, for example– that are right for you. And be sure to ask Dr. Lemire or her team about what products or practices they recommend!
5) Schedule regular checkups with Dr. Lemire
Taking care of your teeth at home is only half the battle when it comes to enjoying a lifetime of quality oral health. Scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Lemire will help ensure your teeth receive the kind of regular cleanings they need to remove built-up plaque and tartar, which will lower your chance of gum disease and decay.