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At Granger Family Dentistry PC, our dentists, Dr. Thomas Anglemire and Dr. Ross Schafer, are pleased to help our patients who live in Granger, Indiana, or the surrounding areas have the healthy smile they deserve. Today’s blog is going to review some things you may not know about your smile health, to make sure it is getting the attention it needs to thrive.

— Did you know that the worst bacteria in your mouth hides between the teeth, where tooth surfaces touch? Unfortunately, brushing only reaches about 50% of the bacteria on your teeth. Fortunately, flossing lets you tackle the other 50%.

— If you are seeing your dentist every six months, your smile may be suffering. The bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease recolonizes after 90 days. This means that once your dentist removes this hardened dental plaque, after 90 days it is back harming your smile.

— If you avoid seeing your dentist because of dental anxiety, you are in good company. Many people have anxiety when it comes to dental visits, but with today’s advances in dentistry, dental sedation allows you to receive the care you need in the comfort you deserve. Conscious oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and anesthesia offer relaxation and a positive experience for any dental procedure.

— Routine dental maintenance for a healthy smile lets us spot problems early and when they are least invasively treated. Most dental issues are actually painless in the beginning stages. In the early stages, cavities and gum disease don’t cause you pain, so by the time you are feeling the painful effects, the problem is advancing.

— Gum disease can be an indicator or heart disease, because of inflammation. Inflamed, infected gums can allow inflammatory agents to travel through the bloodstream and affect the arteries of the heart.

— Your dentist can tell a lot by looking at your smile. Are you a habitual soda or coffee drinker? Do you eat poorly, have acid reflux or bruxism? If so, your dentist can tell. Stains on your teeth, teeth grinding, gum recession, acid erosion, bad breath all reveal your habits.

As you can see, neglecting your smile will make itself visible, but you can always improve your oral health. Brush, floss, eat healthily and see your dentist for routine cleanings and exams. To schedule your next visit, please call 574-277-5406 and let us help you create a smile you can be proud of!