Good Dental Hygiene Essentials:
- Regular Dental Check-ups: See your dentist at Tampa Family Health Centers twice a year for cleanings and other preventive care. Follow your dentist's advice regarding continued care.
- Brush your teeth: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Make it a habit to brush in the morning and just before bedtime.
- Toothpaste: Using toothpaste that is recommended by your dentist. Most dentists recommend a fluoride toothpaste. Check with your dentist about what is best for your teeth.
- Flossing: Toothbrushes don't always catch leftover particles. Flossing daily can help remove additional bacteria and plaque.
- Mouthwash: A thorough rinse can help you get to areas that both the toothbrush and floss might have missed ensuring a thorough clean.
- Dental Hygiene Fun Fact: Your toothbrush matters! To take the best care of your teeth it's important to choose the right toothbrush and to replace it every four months. Ask your dentist what kind of toothbrush (soft, hard) is right for you.
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As a part of a healthy lifestyle, it is important to maintain good oral health. The first step to good oral health is to schedule a dental wellness visit, which includes:
- Oral health screening
- Complete set of x-rays
- In-depth oral exam
- Oral cancer screening
- Very strong and durable
- Highly resistant to wear
- Not as cosmetically pleasing as Composites (tooth-colored fillings)
- Transmits hot and cold readily, usually causing short-term sensitivity
- Can expand or contract over time, which may cause tooth to crack
- Highly cosmetic
- Can bond filling to tooth
- More conservative preparation
- Not a good fit for large cavities
- Shorter life span than amalgam (silver)
- Possible sensitivity post procedure
- More expensive than silver fillings
Gum disease is a serious infection that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. According to American Academy of Periodontology:
- Bacteria in your mouth can cause diseases such as pneumonia
- Research has found that people with gum disease are 2x as likely to suffer from heart disease
- Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be 7x more likely to have a baby that is born too early and/or too small
The treatment for gum disease varies based on the patient. If you have questions, please ask a member of our dental staff.
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Ramon Sanchez Odontologist School
ISCM Ignacio Agramonte
Maria Pena Rodriguez
University Medical Science
St. Petersburg College
Colegio Odontologico Colombiano