At Beadnell Family Dentistry, your choice for the best family dental care in SW Portland, the patient’s oral health ranks as our number one priority, and we strive to help each patient achieve a brilliant smile. We understand how important a great looking smile can be for our patient’s, and offer a full range of preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental services designed to help you look and feel your best.
Of course, enjoying great oral health does take some effort on your part as well. Brushing and flossing daily, along with scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Beadnell, are all vitally important when it comes to ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. However, Dr. Beadnell appreciates that not all of her patient’s know the best ways to take care of their oral health. With that in mind, here are five tips on how to make sure you enjoy a lifetime of quality oral health.
Scheduling regular visits to see Dr. Beadnell is vitally important to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. During a cleaning, not only does Dr. Beadnell remove harmful plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, but she also examines the health of your teeth and looks for any early signs of oral cancer. As with any form of the disease, early detection is the key to a quick recovery, versus a long and protracted battle. By failing to schedule checkups at least twice a year, you take the risk of having a potentially serious oral health problem go unnoticed. From a general health prospective, taking the time to visit Dr. Beadnell’s office is one of the best decisions you can make.
Dr. Beadnell understands that to many of her patients, the idea of visiting the dentist’s office doesn’t sound like a very pleasant notion. However, dentistry today has come a long way with managing patient discomfort and developing new, less invasive techniques. Whether your issue with the dentist stems from the annoyance of having to keep your mouth open for long periods of time or from the pain often associated with procedures such as root canals or cavity drilling, Dr. Beadnell can offer you a solution that will address your concerns.
Don’t Wait Too Late
When it comes to the health of your teeth, once you begin to feel pain, it’s too late. The majority of dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, don’t cause pain at first. However, once you begin wincing in pain, there’s probably already an infection or your gums have become riddled with bacteria. Once again, scheduling regular checkups helps to take care of invisible problems before they become all too noticeable.
When it comes down to the best tool for cleaning in between your teeth, nothing beats dental floss. While a toothpick will work well in a pinch, floss allows you reach areas that picks and your toothbrush just can’t reach. Keep in mind that your brush only removes around 50 percent of the icky stuff off of your teeth. No other tool works as well as floss for removing the other half.
The Big Picture
Until recently, dentists and cardiologists suspected that gum disease could cause heart disease. While researchers now understand that no direct link exists between the two diseases, they do both share common risk factors. This means that if you suffer from gum disease, you are at a higher risk of also suffering from heart disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, are overweight, or diabetic and have gum disease, you should talk to your doctor about whether you should undergo further testing for heart disease.