A healthy mouth is a good sign of your overall good health. This is why you should keep to a regular checkup and cleanings schedule. Your dentist at Connoyer Dental is ready to catch issues early and promote a healthy smile.
There are five things we’re looking for in your healthy mouth. Let’s go through each and explain its importance!
Your breath should smell good or be neutral. Ask a loved one to give it a sniff and an opinion or take a tongue scraping and smell it for yourself. Good or neutral breath is a sign of good hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly, twice a day, and cleaning your tongue can help keep the bad breath at bay. The presence of bacteria and food particles can keep your breath smelling foul even after you’ve brushed your teeth. Your bad breath can also indicate other issues including diabetes and sinus issues. We’re ready to discuss your symptoms and solutions during your regular checkup.
Are your gums pink and firm to the touch? If they are red, white, swollen, or tender, you could have a problem. We watch your gums to be sure there are no flaps or pockets where they appear to be receding from the toothline. The best thing you can do for your gums is floss every day. It will prevent places that cause bacteria to collect and cause damage, decay, and even bad breath.
We check your teeth during each exam, looking for strength and overall good condition. This includes any restorations like fillings, crowns, or implants. We’re always on the lookout for signs of grinding or clenching which can increase the wear on your teeth. Decay and other issues are not always visible to the naked eye, so we are trained to look for vulnerabilities that can hinder the strength of your teeth. It is our hope to catch issues before they become painful and difficult to treat. Let us recommend treatment options to help keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Proper Alignment and Tooth Spacing
We go beyond examining the health of your teeth by studying how they fit together and affect your jaw as a whole. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss ensuring less chance for gum disease or cavities. Crowding can impact chewing and healthy digestion. We may recommend an orthodontic consultation.
Your healthy smile goes beyond the surface. It can assure boosted self-confidence and be a mirror for the body’s health. Give us a call at 217-223-9137 to start your healthy mouth journey right away.