What does it mean to have good dental hygiene? Well, it means a partnership between our Albany dental office and you. Proper dental care always starts with you and we’ll help you with necessary advice, guidance, and recommendations. Some things are the same for everyone. For example, you should brush and floss daily, and preferably after every meal. Eating a nutritious diet is a good idea for your overall health and that certainly includes the health of your teeth and gums. And you should always be on the lookout for how much sugar you consume, not just in foods but also in beverages, where it can often be forgotten. Besides these general tips, Dr. Edmunds sees you as the unique individual you are and will tailor suggestions for your dental care based on your specific needs.
The second plank of dental hygiene requires you adhering to a schedule of coming in for a dental exam twice per year. Our Albany dental office wants to do our part in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong, but we can’t do it without you. With a physical and visual checkup of your teeth along with x-rays, signs of tooth decay and detection of any cavities will be optimized. This means a small filling today that avoids a larger one six months or a year later. The larger a cavity and filling, the more likely it will weaken your tooth and allow access to the pulp area of the tooth, where bacteria can invade and cause an abscess or infection. Root canal therapy or even an extraction can follow.
It might not seem it, but a professional teeth cleaning may be the most important part of your dental hygiene. Plaque is the primary enemy of your teeth. Most of it is removed when you brush and floss, but it can also hide between your teeth and in your gum pockets. Leftover plaque can harden and turn into tartar. Once that happens, you won’t be able to remove it all except with a cleaning at our Albany dental office. We’ll eradicate the plaque, tartar, and any food particles that are still between your teeth or at the gum line. And that will give you a mouth that feels fresh because it is.
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Albany, New York 12203