As a dentist in Costa Mesa we can help you to improve your oral health in order to prevent gum disease and cavities. Many patients who visit our dental office have questions about how they can avoid getting gum disease. It is an unfortunate phenomenon in America today, that many adults find themselves with bleeding gums, swelling, and other conditions commonly associated with the beginning of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a precursor to periodontal disease and should be taken very seriously. If you have had any symptoms like soreness in the gums, have found blood on your toothbrush, or are experiencing frequent bad breath, then you should definitely consider visiting a dental office for a consultation about how you can avoid gum disease. While it is definitely concerning that conditions like gingivitis are still very prevalent among people in our country, there are very simple steps that you can take which will help offset any such disease, so that your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Some of the advice that you will get at the dental office can also be found here.
Your Toothbrush Matters
Believe it or not the very first, and often the most effective, defense against gums disease is something that we hand you every time you leave our dental office, having come in for your bi-annual checkup. If you guessed "my toothbrush" you would be correct. Your toothbrush is the best way to avoid plaque and tartar which build up on your teeth, and therefore affect your gums. This, in turn, makes it the most effective weapon against any kind of gum disease. However, even though most people have been brushing their teeth since they were two years old, everybody could use a reminder, once in a while, of some oral health best practices from the friendly staff at our dental office.
As a dentist in Costa Mesa the very first thing that the people at our dental office will tell you is that you need to select the right kind of toothbrush. Toothbrushes that are too hard or too soft, will not get the job done effectively. You need to have a moderately soft toothbrush that is small enough to reach all of those hard-to-reach spots on your teeth so that you are not leaving behind any plaque or bacteria which could lead to decay or a serious gum disease. The other thing to remember about a toothbrush, which is why we give you a new toothbrush every time you visit our dental office, is that a toothbrush with splayed bristles or one that is too old will not get the job done effectively. In fact, a toothbrush that has been around for too long can help spread bacteria, instead of helping to fight it.
Visit a Dentist in Costa Mesa for Your Checkup
Other than brushing your teeth, it is also critically important that you come in and have your teeth professionally cleaned by the team at our dental office. This is because, despite the best efforts of your toothbrush, there are often spots that are left behind with some level of plaque. When you come in for a professional cleaning, we are able to reach all of these places, removing the plaque and reducing the potential for decay or gum disease. In addition, sometimes plaque hardens into what is known as tartar. We need to be able to remove this professionally at our dental office, with the right tools at our disposal to do so.
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Dr. Eric Vanek, d.d.s
Eric has been a practicing dental surgeon for over 20 years and is the owner of Vanek Dentistry, a family dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA.
Published June 22, 2016. Updated December 11, 2023
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