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Oral Hygiene

Brush, floss, and get regular checkups from the dentist. You’ve probably heard this several thousand times from teachers, parents, television, and a number of other sources. There are several good reasons why oral hygiene is so highly emphasized. First, it keeps your mouth healthy by removing food particles and the clear film known as plaque which create a great living space for bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums. Second, good brushing and flossing make your breath smell better, always a good thing when you want to get close to that special someone.

While good oral hygiene practices begin at home, regular checkups are a key part of keeping your mouth healthy and preventing periodontal disease. During checkups and cleanings, our periodontist can use specialized equipment to reach areas below the gum line that even the most aggressive brushing and flossing cannot reach. This is particularly advantageous because he can look for early warning signs of periodontal disease that you may not even be aware.

Other things you can do to increase the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routine include changing your lifestyle to eliminate risk factors as much as possible. Typical risk factors for periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking or use of other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.
  • Drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, soda, tea, and fruit juices
  • Unbalanced or poor diet (heavy on fast foods, fried foods, or foods high in sugar)
  • Diabetes
  • Medication
  • Stress and its assorted symptoms, particularly clenching and grinding teeth regularly

By eliminating tobacco usage, reducing or cutting out soda, coffee, and tea altogether, eating more healthily, reducing or eliminating stress, and being conscious of teeth clenching or grinding, you can slash your risk of periodontal disease by a huge degree.

Beyond the prevention of periodontal disease, the best reason to maintain a healthy oral hygiene regimen is because every time you speak, smile, or laugh, the results will be clearly visible. Studies demonstrate that people with yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth are frequently misjudged as to their intelligence, are considered less attractive, and tend to make less money than their peers because they do not get promoted as regularly as their peers. A good oral hygiene routine, incorporating cooperative effort between you and Dr. De Andrade, will help keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime and make sure your smile sends all the right messages to others about you!

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