Your Oral Health
Your oral health and the quality of your smile have a large impact on your well-being. A bright, welcoming smile can greatly increase your self-confidence, and make a positive impression on others.
The health of your teeth and gums also affects other aspects of your physical health. Researchers continually link good oral health to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening conditions.
The most important part of maintaining your oral health is conscientious personal oral hygiene and regular maintenance visits with your dentist.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing remove food particles and help prevent the buildup of bacteria on and around your teeth. This bacteria will otherwise accumulate, and harden into a thick plaque, eventually causing tooth decay and bone loss below the gum.
Some tips for maintaining your oral health are:
- Brush twice daily with fluorinated toothpaste, ideally after each meal.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Limit snacking in between meals and minimize the amount of processed sugars you consume.
Regular Office Visits
Regular visits allow your dentist to diagnose any problems early, monitor any areas of decay, and remove plaque that has built up over time. Your dentist will also assess the health of the gum and other tissues in your mouth.
Each person may have individual needs or concerns. Your dental cleanings are also an opportunity for you to discuss these with your dentist.