When introduced to a toothbrush as a child, patients have been educated regularly on the benefits of good oral hygiene. Most children and adults know that proper care of the smile includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. Good oral health habits go far beyond just reducing the risk of cavities and keeping the teeth white and breath fresh. In fact, good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent periodontal disease while also reducing the risk of other health conditions that can be directly correlated to infection within the mouth. At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, we are committed to educating patients on good habits and providing them with the tools they need to achieve and maintaining healthy smiles.
What are the benefits of good oral hygiene?
There are many reasons why patients should be prudent in taking good care of their teeth and gums. The advantages of good oral hygiene include:
- Reduced risk of cavities and tooth sensitivity
- Reduced cost of care, as preventative treatment is more proactive than reactive
- Fresher breath
- Reduced need for oral surgeries, including root canals
- Maintaining natural adult teeth longer
- Lowering the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease
- Improving fertility and pregnancy
- Lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
How do I care for my smile properly?
Our team will educate patients on good oral hygiene habits, which include:
- Brushing teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing at least once a day, preferably before bed, to remove food particles stuck between teeth
- Drinking water between meals
- Visiting the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and evaluations
- Contacting the dentist as soon as problems arise
Learn more about good oral hygiene
The team of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry is pleased to provide patients in the Mesa, AZ area with solutions for their smile, including education on care and prevention. When conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay impact the smile, it is essential that you get the attention your smile needs as soon as possible to combat them. Call (480) 834-6991 to request an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Ste. #1. We are always accepting new patients and families into our state-of-the-art facility.