It’s All About The Basics

basicsBasic dental care may seem basic but think of your oral health care this way. Your supporting jawbone is like the foundation of your house; when the foundation begins to crumble so does the rest of the structure. If your underlying jawbone begins to crumble your teeth will fall out. Basic dental care helps prevent that from happening. Take our quiz below to remind yourself all about the basics.

True Or False?

  1. True or False: The basics of dental care include brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
  2. True or False: Basic dentistry doesn’t do much besides keep your teeth from turning yellow.
  3. True or False: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth once a day for one minute.
  4. True or False: Consuming a diet low in sugars and avoiding tobacco products are basic to proper dental care.
  5. True or False: Periodontal disease is the major reason for tooth loss.

Answers:

  1. True: Basic dentistry, or preventive dentistry, consists of brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice yearly.
  2. False: The dental basics are important steps in the prevention of tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
  3. False: The ADA recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Flossing daily, attending professional dental cleanings twice a year, and choosing tooth-friendly foods are also important.
  4. True: Consuming a diet low in sugars and starches can help reduce bacterial plaque that causes tooth decay, while avoiding tobacco products, and foods and beverages that stain teeth can help keep your teeth healthy and white.
  5. True: Bacterial plaque left untreated can lead to periodontal disease a chronic infection of the gingival tissue. This breaks down the gum tissue, periodontal ligaments, and the underlying jawbone, all of which support your teeth.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.