A Guide to Healthy Teeth

  • Am I grinding my teeth?Your dentist should examine your teeth to see if they’re worn. You could be grinding them at night and not know it.
  • What should I do to keep my teeth and gums healthy?A dental hygienist should demonstrate proper brushing and flossing and point out areas you tend to miss.
  • Did you find anything that I should tell my doctor about?Your dentist may be the first to see signs of a systemic disease, like osteoporosis. Dental X-rays may show, for instance, that the triangular spaces at the bottoms of your teeth are getting bigger. “You have to make a clinical judgment on whether it’s osteoporosis or just wear and tear,” says dentist Cindi Sherwood. “Dentists can detect changes because people may see them more regularly than their physicians.”
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