Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for many reasons. First, it helps overall wellness, as many health conditions start in the mouth. Second, it helps keep your smile beautiful. Third, it helps you avoid potentially expensive restorative dental work. Just a few minutes each day practicing proper oral hygiene and twice-yearly dental visits can help you prevent cavities, avoid gum disease, and enjoy total wellness.
Everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth twice each day, and although they may run a toothbrush across their teeth, it’s not always with proper attention and technique. It should take you an average of two minutes to brush your teeth properly. Make sure to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and hold it at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Using short strokes make sure to brush all surfaces of each tooth and don’t forget the tongue. Flossing is equally important as it helps remove food debris from areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
Practicing good oral hygiene is not just for preventing cavities, it can also reduce your risk for gum disease. When plaque is left to accumulate on the teeth and around the gum line, it can cause an infection. Symptoms of gum disease typically include swelling or redness of the gums or bleeding during brushing. If this is not treated, the gums will eventually pull away from the teeth, causing them to shift and eventually fall out. Patients will then require restorative treatment such as dentures or implants to replace lost teeth.
Regular Dental Care
Another important component of dental care is visiting with the dentist twice each year. During this appointment you receive a professional cleaning which can remove tartar buildup. In addition, the dental examination will allow Dr. Tong to identify any potential problems such as decay or gum disease early to minimize damage.
If you are in the Central HK area and are looking for a dentist to receive routine care, or if you are currently experiencing dental issues, call us today to schedule an appointment.