Dr. Castle, Dr. Ferro and Dr. Hebert strive to provide you with the information you need to properly care for your smile. We invite you to review the following information as guidelines for your oral health:
How often should I brush my teeth?
The American Dental Association® recommends (and we agree) that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, morning and night. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating acidic food before brushing your teeth, as acids soften the dental enamel and a toothbrush can wear it away.
How should I care for my toothbrush?
Let your toothbrush dry between uses so that it does not become a breeding ground for germs. Rinse it under tap water and store it upright where it will not touch other toothbrushes.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Your toothbrush should be tossed in the trash after three months or after you have been sick with the cold or flu.
Does periodontal disease affect my general health?
Studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and conditions such as heart disease. It is possible the infection from the gum tissue enters the bloodstream. Heart disease has been known to produce oral symptoms, such as pain and inflammation in the gums. If you are at risk of heart disease or have noticed a change in your gum health, come see us.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the result of prolonged exposure to bacteria below the gum line. It often develops as a result of poor oral hygiene or a preexisting medical condition.
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease, characterized by red, inflamed or bleeding gums. It can often be treated with a deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque from the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, an aggressive form of periodontal disease that causes gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss.
Why should I see the dentist regularly?
A dentist is trained to detect oral conditions that you may not notice, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer. Routine visits allow symptoms to be caught early and treated before more extensive problems occur. Please visit Oak Park Dental at least every six months or as directed by our dentists.
Why do I have bad breath?
Foul or stale breath can be a result of many factors, including:
- Poor oral hygiene
- A reduction in saliva during sleep (also known as “morning breath”)
- Pungent food
- Dry mouth
- Some medications
- Smoking & tobacco use
- Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease
If you have persistent bad breath, come see our dentists at Oak Park Dental for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Please feel free to contact our dentists in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for further information about your oral health. We are always glad to be of assistance. Call 337-478-3232 today!