The evolution, diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of disease, disorders, and/or conditions of oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body
What Makes A Dentist?
Dentists specialize in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral health problems. Dentists have completed at least 8 years of school and receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), or Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree (DDMD). Pediatric dentists specialize in infant through teen patients and have proper education and training. Other specialists are:
- Orthodontics and Dental Orthopedics
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Oral and Maxillofacial (pathology, radiology, surgery)
- Pariodontics (gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (implants)
Why Should You Visit A Dentist?
Keeping regular visits with your dentist is very important for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. It is also very healthy for the rest of your body because:
- It helps prevent tooth decay
- It prevents against periodontal disease and tooth loss
- It prevents bad breath caused by bacteria
- It gives you a more radiant and attractive smile
- It keeps teeth looking white by preventing stains
- It strengthens your teeth
What Should You Do to Take Care of Your Teeth Between Dental Visits?
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Avoid sugary foods and tobacco, as they can cause more plaque build up, gum disease, or cancer
- Brush your tongue, this will help reduce plaque and bacteria while also freshening your breath
- Be sure to make your recommended six mont dental check ups
A Cavity Is…
A cavity is a hole that forms in your tooth because of decay. This can be caused by plaque build up on the outside of the tooth and combines with sugary, starchy foods. The acid that is produced from this can eat away at your teeth and if untreated can lead to more serious problems. Cavities can be avoided by brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and using mouth wash. Be sure to make 6 month appointments with your dentist as well to avoid a cavity.
A Filling Is…
A filling can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, ceramic, or composites. It is used to fill the hole left in your tooth from tooth decay. Dentists generally use an anesthetic to numb your mouth for this procedure.
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 3 months and be sure to rinse the bristles of your toothbrush in hot water, after you brush your teeth, to kill any bacteria. If you have an electric tooth brush, check the directions as you may not have to change the head as freaquently. If you have gum disease it is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks. If you have been sick, change your toothbrush immediately.
Gum Disease Is…
This is also known as periodontal disease and is caused by bacteria and plaque build uplift untreated. It starts as gingivitis and if found right away can be treated before reaching the severity of gum disease and possible gum loss. To prevent this from happening it is important to brush regularly and make your six month dental appointments. Some common signs to be aware of from gum disease are:
- Red, irritates, bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath,
- loose or loss of teeth
- receding gum line
- abscesses teeth
Making regular appointments with your dentist is important for many reasons and keeping your mouth and teeth healthy is a big asset to keeping the rest of your body healthy. At Florida City Dental, we are trained and educates to help you keep your smile bright and healthy and aid in the longevity of your life.