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Prioritize Teeth and Improve Oral Health in the New Year

A delay in necessary dental care can lead to the deterioration of oral health. Prevent dental problems from getting worse by breaking bad habits hurting teeth and get back to better oral hygiene. Prioritize healthy teeth and gums by resolving to improve oral health in the New Year.

Break Bad Oral Health Habits

Daily oral hygiene and professional dental care are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Prevent the risk of gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay, dental fractures, and cavities by breaking bad dental habits. U.S. News & World Report points to common culprits hurting teeth, including:

  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Chewing ice
  • Opening items, including bottles or bags, with teeth
  • Thumb sucking
  • Constant snacking
  • Brushing too hard
  • Playing contact sports without a mouthguard
  • Nail biting
  • Smoking

Prevent Gum Disease with Better Dental Hygiene

Bacteria interacts with sugars and starches in food, creating a thin, sticky, colorless layer of plaque on teeth and gums. This oral bacteria can produce toxins that irritate gum tissue and cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease involving gum inflammation. If gingivitis is not treated, periodontitis can set in, causing serious infection or damage to the gums, jawbones, and tissues supporting teeth.

Periodontal diseases can range from mild to severe. In worse cases, teeth are lost. Prevention is key. Brushing teeth twice a day, frequent rinsing and drinking water following meals, and daily flossing can reverse gum inflammation and gingivitis. Using an antiseptic mouthwash with active ingredients to fight and prevent gingivitis can also help.

Protect Teeth and Get Back to Better Dental Health

When left untreated, plaque bacteria can remove the protective enamel from the root surface of teeth. This allows bad bacteria to thrive in the mouth and leaves teeth vulnerable to cavities or tooth decay. Daily dental hygiene and good dental care habits help fight and can even prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay from starting. For those already affected, contact a dentist immediately to schedule a dental examination for a customized periodontitis treatment strategy.

Professional dental treatment is also recommended to resolve serious toothache and jaw pain. A dental professional can restore a healthy, confident smile with sedation dentistry and dental solutions to restore or replace missing and damaged teeth. Contact your dentist immediately to schedule a dental evaluation or emergency dental care if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Tooth Pain or Temperature Sensitivity
  • Sharp, Constant Jaw Throbbing or Noticeable Swelling
  • Gum Inflammation or Swollen Gum Tissue Surrounding a Tooth
  • Broken, Damaged, Loose, or Missing Teeth
  • Noticeable Foul Mouth Odor or Taste

Crowns are often used to repair teeth that have become weak, fractured, or cannot support a filling. They can also be used to repair brittle teeth in patients who have received root canals. When redoing a crown is not enough, a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants can replace missing or damaged teeth. These aesthetic solutions strengthen the bite and contour teeth to their natural shape and size.

Patients often avoid scheduling regular dental checkups due to dental fear and anxiety. We provide quality dental services and are committed to offering the finest oral health care in a relaxing atmosphere. Our affordable sedation dentistry solutions ensure every patient receives the dental treatment they need.

Dental Solutions for Confident Smiles

At Three Rivers Dental Group, we evaluate each patient’s dental health needs to determine the best dental treatment solution. We offer convenient appointments and in some cases can see patients the same day for emergency treatment to resolve dental issues. Our dental improvements, dentures, and dental implants deliver confident smiles.

Make dental health a top priority in the New Year. Improve oral hygiene and break bad oral habits hurting healthy teeth and gums. Contact us today by calling (1) 855-4-NO-FEARS or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Cranberry, Greentree, Greensburg, and Jennerstown.