Having a healthy set of teeth isn’t just a matter of luck. It also has very little to do with genetics. So far research has shown that taking good care of your gums and teeth is the one and only way to achieve good oral health. If you have been diligent in brushing and flossing and keeping regular appointments with your dentist over the the years, you should be able to continue that maintenance routine with no significant changes needed. Just be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle brush, and keep up with professional cleanings.

People who have had substantial dental work done will need to work a little harder. A crowned tooth or an implant is more apt to trap food particles that can lead to infection, so you will need to make the extra effort to keep that from happening. Spending more time at the bathroom sink is better than spending more money at the dentist’s office.

Gum disease creates other issues. When your gums start to recede from your teeth it creates spaces commonly known as “pockets,” which quickly become prime targets for bacteria. You may be able to reach into these pockets with regular dental floss but some dentists may recommend using a Sulcabrush, a tool that is made to clean under the gum line. If gum disease has progressed, you may need a deep cleaning treatment.

Is there an advantage to using an electric toothbrush as opposed to a manual one? The answer is yes – for some people. If for instance, you are bothered by arthritis it may be uncomfortable for you to maneuver a toothbrush so that you reach those hard to get to areas. An electric toothbrush can make it easier. It can also be the solution for parents who are having a hard time getting their children to brush regularly. Some kids prefer the feel of the rotating bristles and the brushes are available with easy to hold handles and some are even made to resemble favorite cartoon characters!

Spokane Valley Dentistry will evaluate your teeth and gums and advise you on the best way to maintain them. Call for a consultation @ 509-926-6261.