Ways to Protect Your Teeth against Bacteria

Bacteria is always present in your mouth, and when it affects your teeth, the results can be devastating. You can experience plaque and tarter buildup, cavities, or even a serious gum disease called gingivitis. Protecting your teeth against bacteria requires diligence and consistency, but it can be done. Here are ways you and your dentist can help keep your mouth as bacteria free as possible.

Prescription mouthwash

If you have had gingivitis before, or are prone to the disease due to your lifestyle (smoking and irregular teeth cleaning or checkups) or genetics, then your dentist may wish to prescribe you a mouthwash designed specifically to keep gingivitis-causing bacteria at bay. Prescription mouthwash often contains an antibacterial agent called chlorhexidine,which works to kill the stubborn bacteria that gets into your enamel and gums. Your dentist may prescribe this after a deep tooth cleaning or planing to prevent new bacteria growth from forming in your sensitive mouth.

Perio Protect

The Perio Protect treatment method involves using a specially designed tray that you fill with a prescription antibacterial agent. After your dentist cleans your teeth and scrapes out the bacteria from your gum line, you then place the tray in your mouth for a few moments a day to fill your exposed periodontal pockets, or pockets under your gum line. These pockets are most susceptible to bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist may prescribe this method of treatment for you if you have periodontal disease (chronic gingivitis) or if you require deep plaque cleanings whenever you go in for a checkup.

Electric toothbrush

The high rotating speeds of an electric toothbrush allow you to eliminate more plaque and bacteria than a regular toothbrush does. The high function of an electric toothbrush also penetrates gently into your gum line to keep periodontal disease at bay. Studies show that more than 80% of electric toothbrush users report healthier teeth and overall cleaner mouths than those who use traditional toothbrushes. Your dentist can recommend the best electric toothbrush for your needs and can also show you the best way to brush your teeth.

Your oral health is important to you, but it's not always easy to keep nasty bacteria at bay. In order to prevent gum disease and bacteria from forming in your mouth, you may need to take extra precautions with your oral care. In using a prescription mouthwash, the Perio Protect treatment, and even an electric toothbrush as recommended by your dentist, you can experience healthier teeth and gums and a much better smile.