While there are great tooth replacement options available today, we always want to save a natural tooth if we can. In some situations, removing a tooth is the better choice for your health. When we need to remove teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are the most common reasons why. Luckily, these are problems you can avoid! Here’s how:
Brush & Floss at Home
Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home protects your dental health. That includes brushing at least twice a day (for two minutes each time) and flossing at least once a day. Many people neglect to floss and end up with gum disease or cavities. If you’re just starting a flossing habit, you might notice some bleeding at first. That’s normal! Keep flossing every day and soon, your gum health will improve and the bleeding will stop.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Besides brushing and flossing at home, visiting Dr. Chandler and Dr. Heinkel is the best thing you can do for your teeth. We recommend coming in for cleanings and exams at least twice a year. This lets us catch problems like tooth decay and gum disease long before they’ve caused enough damage to warrant tooth extraction. Other preventative services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants also keep your teeth in the best health possible.
Don’t Delay Important Treatments
If you do get cavities or gum disease, please follow our recommendations. These conditions don’t disappear on their own and if ignored, they will eventually get worse and may force us to remove a tooth or multiple teeth. When caught early, treatment is often very simple. A filling deals with a cavity while improved brushing and flossing can reverse early gum disease.
Tooth Extractions at Chandler Dental Center in San Antonio
There are a few cases when tooth extraction isn’t avoidable. Crowded or impacted wisdom teeth are a good example. However, extraction because of decay or gum disease is preventable. By taking care of your teeth at home, visiting our office twice a year, and getting necessary treatments, you can save your teeth! If you have any questions about our services or want to book an appointment, please contact us today.
This post was written by Chandler Dental Center