As someone interested in keeping your teeth and gums feeling and looking their best, you may have already taken several steps to care for your smile. That said, if you don’t truly understand what preventive care actually takes, or what to do in the case of dental problems, then you are more likely to suffer from issues like damaged or decayed teeth, or even dental pain. So, why not ask yourself, “How much do I really know about preventive dental care?”
It’s okay if the gums bleed when flossing.
While many people do suffer from bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing, that does not mean that it is okay or normal. Bleeding gums are actually a common warning sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If you notice your gums bleeding, or even being easily irritated, you should see your dentist for a checkup.
Teeth discoloration is only a cosmetic issue.
While teeth stains or discoloration can be of cosmetic concern, that doesn’t mean those are the only issues. When teeth are visibly discolored it is often a result of enamel damage, for instance due to acidic erosion. Regular checkups and cleanings can help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If you do notice staining, a dental checkup might be in order.
You don’t need to replace a lost tooth, unless it’s embarrassing you.
Tooth loss can also seem like a primarily aesthetic issue, but the look of your smile is not the only reason to talk to your dentist about prosthetic options after tooth loss or extraction. Dental prostheses also help to restore the functionality of one’s smile, and prevent shifting of remaining teeth, which can result in severe alignment problems.
Ready to Schedule Your Preventive Dental Appointment?
Preventive dentistry is important to keeping the teeth cavity-free and the gums healthy. You can schedule a preventive appointment with Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today, by calling 817-577-1444.