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Prosthodontics Can Improve Your Health and the Quality of Your Life

Teeth that are functional, whether real or artificial, will help to support your general health and enhance your sense of well-being. Proper chewing is essential, and it becomes more important as you grow older. Inefficient or improper chewing can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, nutritional deficiencies, health problems and a decreased quality of life. Eating well is also impacts your social interactions. Eating without embarrassment, pain, or difficulty is a gift that we strive to provide through prosthodontic treatment.

The Value of Great Oral Hygiene

Beyond the age of 35, adults face an increased risk for tooth loss related to gum disease and cavities. Great daily oral hygiene is invaluable for keeping your smile beautiful and free from disease. Thorough brushing and flossing, especially after meals and snacks, will be the best way to prevent plaque, gum disease, cavities, and bad breath from ruining your smile.

Ongoing oral hygiene is essential, even if all of your teeth are covered by crowns, bridges, or have been replaced with dental implants. The restorations in your mouth can collect plaque and tarter, contributing to inflammation and tooth decay. The natural teeth are still vulnerable to cavities, and your dental appliances must be supported by gum tissue and bone that is healthy and strong.

Periodontal Maintenance

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, professional periodontal care is necessary to support your daily brushing and flossing. It is important to schedule dental appointments for periodontal maintenance every 3, 4, or 6 months to ensure that plaque and tartar have been removed from the places that you may be unable to access through brushing and flossing alone.

Choosing the Right Products for a Healthy Smile

Your dentures, dental implants, crowns, and bridges may require certain oral health products for proper daily care. We often recommend one or more of the following products for at-home use:

  • Power toothbrushes
  • Oral irrigators or waterpicks
  • Small interproximal brushes
  • Fluoride or tartar control toothpaste
  • Daily fluoride mouth rinses
  • Anti-plaque mouth rinses
  • Floss threaders

After receiving prosthodontic care, your daily oral hygiene routine can change considerably. We are here to provide you with education, support, and encouragement. To learn more, please contact our office today.