As we learn more about the oral systemic connection it’s becoming more clear that your oral health is directly related to your overall health and well being. Periodontal disease has been connected with other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and stroke. As more dentists and physicians understand this link it’s becoming more of a priority for doctors to promote maintaining a healthy mouth and optimum oral health. Dr. Allan J. Milewski, your medina dentist, has some tips and ideas for how to maintain a healthy mouth.
Regular Dental Visits
Visiting your dental team is vital to maintaining oral health. Your hygienist will help remove plaque build up from your teeth, while your dentist will screen you for oral cancer, periodontal disease, tooth decay and any other issues that could be arising. There is often no pain or symptoms associated with periodontal disease, so it’s important to have a dental professional monitor the health of your teeth and gums. Many dental issues like gum disease or tooth decay may require less treatment if caught in the early stages.
Regular Brushing and Flossing
We all know that it’s important to brush and floss daily in order to maintain good oral health. Did you know however, that your brushing and flossing techniques could also make a difference? Your dental hygienist can offer suggestions for how to improve your home care routine by improving your brushing and flossing techniques. Using a soft bristle toothbrush or an electric brush can also help improve your home care.
Good nutrition not only helps your body ward off disease and sickness, it also helps maintain good oral health. Avoiding sugary foods, beverages and snacks will protect your teeth from the acids that fuel the plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth. Plaque is what builds up on your teeth and causes periodontal disease and tooth decay. Unless you’re prepared to brush your teeth after each snack, limiting your snacking throughout the day can also help prevent acid and plaque build up.
Avoid Bad Dental Habits
Smoking and tobacco use have a detrimental effect on your teeth. Not only do they cause discoloration and staining, these habits can also cause oral cancer. Other poor habits such as chewing on ice or other objects can cause fractures and damage to your teeth and should be avoided.
At Medina Family Dentistry our goal is to be your partners in optimum dental health. Dr. Milewski offers a wide range of services to help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and restore your teeth if necessary. Our friendly team and inviting office will help to make every dental visit a pleasant experience. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health for many years to come!