Our team at Friendly Smiles Center knows that oral surgery isn’t the dreadful experience most people imagine, but we certainly understand why you’d want to avoid it if you could.
In fact, even Dr. Chase would tell you that oral surgery is often reserved as a last resort, mainly because of how much technology has improved and expanded restorative treatment options to resolve wide-ranging dental problems.
Nonetheless, when oral surgery is the best option to preserve your smile, Dr. Chase can perform your procedure with ease and precision while you relax comfortably in the dental chair.
4 Easy Ways To Avoid Oral Surgery
If you want to be proactive to avoid the need for oral surgery, check out these four easy habits you can start today for a cleaner, healthier mouth!
*Keep Your Teeth & Gums Clean*
Sounds easy enough, right?
But surprisingly, only about one in five adults floss their teeth everyday!
Considering that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, we can’t stress enough how important it is to brush twice and floss once every single day to keep your teeth and gums clean.
This will prevent bacteria from eating the food particles that get lodged between your teeth after a meal and prevent complicated dental problems that can land you in the dental chair for oral surgery.
*Maintain Routine Cleanings & Exams*
Despite what you might think, daily brushing and flossing won’t remove plaque buildup from your teeth. Only a professional hygienist can do that.
Similarly, there are many dental health threats that can develop for a long time without obvious symptoms. Only a dentist has the skills and technology to screen your mouth for early detection of things like decay, cavities, and gum disease.
That’s why routine dental cleanings and exams must be part of an overall proactive approach to your oral health.
*Treat Dental Problems While They’re Small*
If a routine checkup reveals tooth decay or a cavity, you should get it treated right away. While a small dental problem may not seem like a time sensitive matter, putting off the treatment you need only gives that problem more opportunity to worsen.
And worsen it will! Cracks and chips on your teeth can get bigger, cavities can grow wider and deeper, and infections can spread quickly.
Given enough time, a small issue can turn into a complication that can only be resolved with oral surgery later.
*Eat A Healthy Diet*
You already know that a healthy diet includes highly nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
But what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. For a healthy smile, that means limiting your sugar intake.
Sugar is a leading contributor of tooth decay, cavities, and other dental problems. Not only does bad bacteria love to eat the sugary residue that hides between your teeth, that feeding frenzy creates acids that attack your teeth.
By avoiding sugar and fueling your body with the vitamins and minerals that fortify your teeth and gums, you can cut your risk for developing the kind of dental issues that warrant oral surgery.
Call For An Appointment
If you have questions or concerns about your dental health, or think you might need oral surgery, visit our Mount Laurel, NJ office. Dr. Chase can address any issues that concern you and examine your mouth for any problems that need attention.