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Dental medicine has been a part of life since before recorded history. Fortunately, the science of the discipline has continued to improve over the years, and with innovations in technology, today’s dentist can do things to preserve and enhance your smile that would never even have occurred to the earliest practitioners.

Dental implants, bridges and dentures have made tooth replacement easier and more affordable, and more people than ever are able to enjoy the benefits of a full smile. Dental crowns and veneers not only help to beautify a smile, but help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Smiles that have been darkened by age, injury, food, drink or tobacco can be restored to a dazzling white color.

Be that as it may, whether you are having a tooth replaced, restored or enhanced, you will still need to maintain a sound oral hygiene regimen. In fact, your new dental work depends on you taking care of your mouth and teeth to do the job it was created to do.

Implants will still need to be brushed and flossed every day. In order for implants to be successful, they need to be supported by healthy gums. Although crowns and veneers cover all or part of a tooth, the tooth itself remains vulnerable to tooth decay if you fail to brush and floss on a regular basis. Crowns also need healthy gums for a good foundation in order to maintain your smile, or hold a bridge in place. If you wear dentures, you need to clean them each night to remove food debris; and you should brush your gums to remove plaque and stimulate blood flow.

In short, getting dental work does not mean that you are off the hook when it comes to oral hygiene. In fact, taking good care of your teeth and mouth is more important than ever before. If you have questions about a dental procedure, or if it is time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. William G. Kaylakie will be happy to see you. If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and would like to make an appointment at William G. Kaylakie DMD, call 512-794-2822 today. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!