Healthy teeth, gums and jaw function go a long way toward promoting lifelong wellness. The best way to ensure that you and your family achieve optimal oral health is to practice routine teeth and gum cleaning at home, and maintain regular visits with your Fort Worth dentist.
Your Preventative Care
During your next dental cleaning and consultation with Fort Worth dentist Dr. Sheri Audu at Museum Smiles, you can anticipate a thorough exam of the health and function of your teeth, gums and jaw as well as a detailed oral cleaning.
The way you clean your teeth sets the stage for their long-term preservation and protection from decay. At home, every surface of your mouth, including your teeth, gums and tongue, should be brushed with fluoridated toothpaste at least twice daily. It’s also key to floss once each day to loosen the plaque and debris that settles in the crevices between and around your teeth.
Plan to visit your Fort Worth dentist for a thorough cleaning and dental health checkup about every six months. During these visits, our staff will look for signs of periodontal disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss in America.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms of periodontitis, or severe gum disease, include:
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
How Our Dentist Helps Prevent Gum Disease
At Museum Smiles, we use gentle instruments to comfortably scrape away any hardened plaque that may be difficult to remove using traditional brushing and flossing techniques. This plaque harbors the bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay.
Regular professional cleanings help remove topical stains from beverages such as coffee, tea, or wine. We also provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which are especially useful with children as kids tend to consume more sugar than they should and are often less than disciplined about proper brushing and flossing.
Schedule A Gum Treatment Consultation Today!
The cost of preventative dental care is minimal compared to the significant investment that may be required when long-neglected teeth and gums require more complete smile restoration treatments. Find out why our Fort Worth dentist was recently voted the best in the city by readers of Fort Worth Weekly. Contact Museum Smiles online or by telephone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Audu: 817-870-5099.