How to Help Your Teeth Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life


How long do you expect your teeth to last? Too many people accept what seems to be inevitable: that by the time they've hit middle age, they'll be making frequent visits to the denture adhesive aisle. Fortunately, a future doomed to the wearing of full or partial dentures may not be inevitable. Despite what many people believe, we now are living in a brave new world where nothing could be further from the truth.

However, much depends on the quality of your dental care. As is true of everything in this life, when it comes to dentistry, you get what you pay for. You can have your teeth repaired in an inexpensive hurry, but if you hope to hold on to them for any length of time, quick and cheap is not the way to go. If you choose this strategy, you are certain to miss out on the newest and best scientific advances for the care of your teeth. These include:

  • Improved filling and bonding materials.
  • Recalcification initiatives.
  • Laser dentistry.
  • Slimmer veneers.
  • Breakthrough treatments for periodontal disease.
  • Dental implants.

These modern dental treatments are available to you today, but if you wait too long, it could be too late. Once tooth decay has progressed beyond a certain point, fillings will no longer do the trick and crowns or root canal treatment will be the next step.

The Proper Care of Your Teeth

Like any other worthwhile investment, your teeth require regular and careful maintenance. You must brush them as often as possible, certainly after every meal and for no less than two minutes each time. In addition, since it takes about 24 hours for plaque to build up in your mouth, you should be flossing at least once a day and preferably more often. In this way, you not only cut down on the potential for developing cavities but also greatly lower your risk for gum disease, a condition that's responsible for a greater amount of tooth loss than many people realize.

Of course, regular visits to a dental hygienist are an absolute must. These professionals will do more than simply remove the plaque that your best efforts have left behind. They will also detect decay and spot the beginning stages of gum disease before you have any idea that this silent killer of dental health has made its initial inroads.

If You Already Have Crowns

If one or more of your teeth has broken badly, decayed beyond repair or undergone root canal treatment, it has almost certainly received a gleaming crown as a last step. You can treat the crown exactly as if it were one of your original teeth up to and including brushing, flossing and most importantly, subjecting it to regular dental examinations.

In fact, once you have had crowns placed on your teeth, regular dental care becomes even more important. That's because the crown has not replaced your entire tooth. Anything that remains in place underneath is still subject to cavities, especially if you fail to floss on a regular basis. This decay routinely begins at the gumline where plaque tends to accumulate between the crown and the tooth underneath. Once these areas of decay get started, they can quickly spread to the point at which the tooth itself is eventually lost. Only timely intervention can stop the carnage before it reaches this stage.

Sometimes, the treatment of this type of problem will entail the removal of the crown itself followed by the placement of a new one once the repair is complete. However, it's important to remember that every time you swap out a crown, you cannot help but lose a bit more of the tooth underneath. That's why it's so important to stay on top of things before your teeth ever do decay to the point of no return.

How Dr. James White Can Help

At the dental offices of Dr. James White, we take pride in treating our patients with the newest and most up-to-date methods and materials to maintain, repair and enhance the appearance of your teeth. The dental team of Dr. James White has dedicated itself to providing the personal care that you want and deserve, and when you visit our modern dental practice, you know you will be seen by professionals who believe in using the most advanced and proven technologies. You see, we want not only to keep your dental health at its optimal best but also to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful, gleaming smile that lasts you through the years and decades to come.