Dental Health

How is oral hygiene practiced

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Regular dental visits and daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.


3 out of 4 adults are affected

“Oral health is integral to overall health… safe and effective disease prevention measures exist that everyone can adopt to improve oral health and prevent disease. “
-Findings from the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good, daily tooth brushing, flossing techniques, and regular dental cleaning appointments with the hygienist. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. Through daily brushing and flossing you can limit germs and help prevent periodontal disease.  For complete treatment of the disease and removal of the bacteria you must have regular dental cleanings.  


Nutrition

Starchy foods:

Good Nutrition plays a large role in your dental health. Brushing and flossing help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. However, a balanced diet will help to boost your body’s immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to oral disease.

How often and what you eat have been found to affect your dental health. Eating starchy, sticky or sweet foods causes the bacteria in your mouth to feed on it, they then produce acids which attack your teeth for up to 20 minutes or more. Foods that stick to your teeth or are slow to dissolve give the acids more time to work on destroying tooth enamel.

  • Crackers
  • Breads
  • Cookies

Sticky/slow to dissolve foods:

  • Granola bars
  • Chewy fruit snacks
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard candy
  • Soda pop
  • Juices

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