3 Signs That Your Oral Hygiene Routine Needs Help

Oral Hygiene - Troy DentistOne of the most important parts of keeping a healthy, beautiful smile is the care that you give your mouth and teeth at home. We take the best care of your teeth that we possibly can, when you visit our dental office in Troy for your annual check-ups. However, for our dental care to really make the best impact, a beautiful smile needs to start at home. Your mouth will give you really obvious signs that you need to change your at-home oral care routine. Here are some of the obvious signs, and what you can do to keep your mouth healthy.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are often accompanied by a buildup of plaque and tartar. This is the first sign that your mouth is beginning to suffer from gum disease or periodontal disease. This condition is caused by an excess of bacteria and plaque that have developed along and under your gum line. Periodontal disease can easily be treated at home if it’s caught early. More advanced stages of periodontal disease can be more difficult to manage and may require specialized care and deep cleaning in our office. If your gum disease is mild, your best course of action is to visit us for a good cleaning, and then follow up with an improved brushing routine at home. This may include using a better toothbrush, changing your toothpaste, and increasing the number of times per day that you brush.

Sensitive Teeth

Unfortunately, when we see someone with sensitive teeth, we don’t have many options for helping resolve their sensitivity problems. Sensitive teeth are caused by an exposure of the root nerve to air and other stimulants such as hot and cold foods and beverages. Sensitive teeth can be a real nuisance for many people. Most of the time, we see sensitive teeth in individuals that have receding gum lines due to periodontal disease or from over brushing. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth due to periodontal disease or over brushing, we will likely recommend alterations to your home brushing routines. For periodontal disease you will follow the suggestions we mentioned above, along with recommending a good sensitivity toothpaste. If you are over brushing, we will recommend that you work on using a gentler brushing pattern and also give you suggestions for a good sensitivity toothpaste. We may also suggest that you use a toothbrush with extra soft bristles.

Bad Breath

Bad Breath can be an indication of many problems, but it is a strong indicator that you are suffering from some more advanced stages of periodontal disease. This is nothing to be taking lightly, bad breath indicates that you have too much bacteria growing in your mouth. Bacteria can lead to infections and more severe oral health issues if they are not correctly managed. We will likely suggest a deep cleaning of your mouth in our office, and then recommend this cleaning is followed up with more routine brushing and flossing at home. We may also recommend that you use an antiseptic mouth wash to knock down bacteria at home.

The fortunate thing about our mouths, is that they give us good signs when there is something not quite right. And, if you pay attention to these signs, we can help you resolve your oral health issues quickly and often with only minor changes to how you are caring for your teeth at home.

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If you need a great dentist in the Troy area, Dr. Paul Mansky and his team are here to help. Our dental professionals care about you and want to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. To schedule an appointment at our Troy dental office or to learn more about our dental services, please call us today at, (248) 689-5508.