How to Beat Most Dental Health Issues

excited woman brushing her teethHave you ever had a cavity, or been told that your smile is in danger from gingivitis? Has a toothache ever ruined a bite of ice cream, or sip of hot coffee? Dental health issues come in all shapes and sizes, and most of us will experience at least one at some point in our lives. Fortunately, there’s a method for preventing and beating common dental issues. It’s not so much a trick as it is a formula, and most of it, you probably already know.

Remember the Basics

Hopefully, you learned how to brush and floss your teeth a long time ago, and have practiced the ritual vigilantly every day since childhood. Still, a refresher course never hurts, and might actually remind you of a few key points you’ve forgotten along the way.

  • Brush at least twice and floss at once–Cleaning your teeth is useless if you don’t do it often enough. Plaque, the sticky substance that grows when bacteria overwhelm your teeth, contains hundreds of different bacterial strains, many of which are directly responsible for causing dental health issues. Maintaining a consistent routine will help ensure that you brush and floss often enough to prevent plaque from becoming a problem.
  • Be a regular at your dentist’s office–As adept as you may be with your hygiene tools at home, your bound to make human mistakes once in awhile. Unfortunately, every spot of plaque you miss has the potential to harden, or calcify, into tartar, which is impervious to toothpaste and significantly increases your dental risk. Using professional instruments, Dr. Hussong and our caring, talented dental hygienists can thoroughly remove traces of plaque and tartar during your regular dental checkup and cleaning, reducing your risks of serious issues later.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Polk City, Ankeny, Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.