9 Dental Health Facts You Should Know [BLOG]

At Rod Gleave, DMD in Salt Lake City, UT, you’ll find a compassionate, highly-qualified team of dental professionals who are ready, and excited, to help you have the healthy, attractive smile you deserve.
Today, we’re shedding light on some interesting tidbits about your teeth and gums so you can make the most of the services we offer to improve and maintain a healthy mouth.

9 Dental Health Facts You Should Know

Since March 20 is World Oral Health Day, we’re sharing in the celebration by giving you nine dental health facts you should know in order to keep your smile at its best!

*#1 – Teeth & Gums Are In This Together*

Do people lose their teeth because of age?
Is that something all of us should expect at some point?
The truth is that gum disease, not age, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. This makes twice annual dental cleanings and exams all the more critical to protecting your smile and your health.

*#2 – Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong*

You know how strong your teeth are, but you should also know they aren’t invincible.
Your tooth enamel, although the hardest material in the body, can become damaged. If you nick, chip, or crack your enamel, it can provide an opening for harmful bacteria to get inside your tooth if left untreated.
Give your tooth enamel what it needs in the way of essential bone-building vitamins and minerals.

*#3 – Clean What You Can’t See*

Many people are surprised to learn that nearly 30% of each tooth in your mouth can’t be seen. It’s hidden under your gums. So how are you supposed to keep that part of your tooth clean of food particles, debris, and plaque?
Every single day.
When you’re committed to using dental floss once a day, it will make your dental cleanings and exams faster and easier. That’s because the less tartar buildup you have in your mouth, the less our hygienist will have to remove during your professional cleanings.
Don’t dismiss the value of daily flossing. Fighting gum disease depends on it!

*#4 – When Replacing Teeth, Method Matters*

Method makes a difference when it comes to replacing missing teeth, especially if you’ve lost two or more.
That’s because restorations that merely sit atop your gums, like bridges or traditional dentures, do nothing to ensure that your jawbone and gums remain strong and healthy.
Enter dental implants!
These prosthetic tooth roots are placed inside your bone and covered with an abutment and replacement tooth. Over time, the implant bonds with your jawbone, keeps it actively engaged in the chewing process, and promotes a lifetime of a strong, healthy structure to support your teeth for years.

*#5 – A Healthy Mouth = A Healthy Body*

By now, you’re probably familiar with a few of the ways your oral and overall health are connected.
In case you aren’t, remember that gum disease is an infection, and if given the chance, it will get into your bloodstream and cause serious health problems like diabetes, chronic inflammation, heart disease, and stroke.
But that’s only the start. We just don’t have time to explain all the risks in today’s blog beyond these.
In order for your body to be healthy, your mouth must be healthy. Fortunately, we have the tools and the training to detect and treat gum disease to get you back on track.

*#6 – The Dangerous Condition You Don’t Know About*

Sleep apnea is something that many people don’t even know they have, for obvious reasons. Because it happens while you’re sleeping, you may not realize it’s affecting you unless you put all the pieces of signs and symptoms together.
To avoid the dangerous health risks that come with sleep apnea, look for:
-Constant fatigue
-Memory and concentration problems
-Frequent sore throats in the morning
-Persistent, nightly snoring
If you think you might be suffering from this condition, reach out to Dr. Gleave, an experienced sleep apnea professional with solutions that work!

*#7 – There’s A Right Way To Brush*

Simply brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to clean them adequately.
Yes, there is a right way to do it.
The American Dental Association suggests that each time you brush everyday, you should make sure you’re following the two-minute rule. Time yourself if you have to. This will help you develop a thoroughness to supplement your daily commitment to oral hygiene.

*#8 – Saliva Is On Your Side*

One of the most overlooked heroes of good oral health is saliva.
It’s the watchman inside your mouth, if you will. Saliva production is critical in giving your teeth and gums a layer of protection against bacteria and acids that live to assault your smile.
The composition of saliva also works to fight off harmful agents in your mouth.
That’s why it’s important to stay well-hydrated and to talk to us about any symptoms of dry mouth you may be experiencing.

*#9 – You Determine Your Oral Health*

You might feel like all this information, while valuable, only makes your best oral health impossible to achieve. But that’s not the case at all.
In fact, you’re the one in the driver’s seat. You’re the one who determines the state of your teeth, gums, and overall health and wellness.
Dr. Gleave and our extensively-trained staff is on your side and want to encourage you to take advantage of all our wide-ranging dental services in Salt Lake City. We offer a host of preventive strategies and restorative treatments to keep you smiling for a lifetime.

Make An Appointment

We know all this is a lot to take in, but as always, we’re extending a helpful hand.
Our team at Rod Gleave, DMD cares about your oral and overall health, and we’re dedicated to doing all we can to help you optimize both.
With regular visits to our Salt Lake City, UT dental office, you’re already at an advantage in the effort to fight tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
To learn more about how we can help you achieve better dental health, or to request an appointment with Dr. Gleave, call us today at (801) 923-6406 or fill out our online form.