Many common health problems are highly preventable, and dentistry is no exception. Practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing after meals and flossing once a day, as well as going to the dentist every six months for a check up and dental cleaning is the best defense against common oral health problems like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gum disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, and remains a problem for adults of all ages. But the good news is that it is never too late to take control of your oral health. Dr. Kenneth Krause and Dr. Katie Krause offer a range of family dentistry services in Westfield, IN.
Family Dentistry in Westfield, IN
If it has been a while since your last visit to the dentist, scheduling a check up as soon as possible is the best place to start, especially if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease, such as bleeding, swollen, or tender gums.
If you're not flossing at least once a day, there is no time like the present to start. If remembering to floss in the evenings before bed is too difficult a habit to pick up, try flossing in the morning. It really doesn't matter when you do it, as long as you work flossing into your daily routine.
Other dental preventive care tips to add to your routine today include:
- Eat a healthy diet and be careful not to overdo it on the sweets, which can increase the risk of tooth decay
- Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis (aim for every few months, or before the bristles become worn)
- Stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products, and drink alcohol in moderation
- Remember to clean behind your teeth as well, and gently brush your gums and tongue
Find a Family Dentist in Westfield, IN
For more information about the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from preventable dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease or to ask any questions about family dentistry, contact Krause Dental by calling (317) 399-9329 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Krause or Dr. Katie Krause today.