Importance of Maintaining Your Oral Health

By Sikka Dental
April 23, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: oral health  

Maintaining oral health takes real work. However, unlike studying overnight for a final exam, home dental hygiene takes just minutes every day. Whatever your age--child, teen, adult or elderly--your dentist in San Jose, CA, will help you with those important habits. Dr. Nidhi Sikka is the preventive care expert you need for your healthiest smile.

Your beautiful smile has an enemy

It bites, chews, helps you speak and keeps your face youthful. If you lose teeth, have dental pain, develop gum disease or other oral health problems, smile function changes, and so does your systemic health. The American Heart Association says periodontal problems appear strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and more.

The hidden perpetrator of dental problems is Strep bacteria which breed in plaque and tartar. The more these biofilms accumulate in your mouth, the more oral microbes attack enamel, gum tissue, and more. In other words, the smallest things cause the biggest problems. What's the answer? Be watchful and get rid of that bacteria!

Your home oral care

It defends against bacterial attack. Yes, you do need the semi-annual visits with your elderly dentist in San Jose, as advised by the American Dental Association (ADA), but brushing, flossing, and a nutritious diet are the real foundations of healthy gums and teeth.

So, here's what your San Jose dentist recommends you do, whether you're young, elderly, or in-between:

  • Consume a low-carbohydrate diet, and drink plenty of water to maximize saliva production.
  • Brush two times a day for at least two minutes.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to harden tooth enamel.
  • Floss daily with strand floss, inter-dental picks, a water flossing device or a Y-flosser.
  • Inspect your gums and teeth frequently, looking for changes in the soft tissues, tooth color, and shape or in any restorations you have.

Tooth loss happens

But, you don't have to let it happen to you. Enjoy excellent oral health as you take care of your smile every day. At Sikka Dental, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and her team will help you with in-office preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental care.

During the nation's pandemic crisis, our San Jose office is closed. However, your dentist is still available for emergencies. Please call or text us at (408) 259-1280 if you need urgent care.

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