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Oral Hygiene


Brushing and Flossing

Importance of Oral Hygiene

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.

Adults over 40 lose more teeth to gum diseases (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 brushing habits and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Daily proper brushing and flossing will keep maintain the oral health and dental plaque, dental calculus (tartar) to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease.

Important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking

  • Diabetes

  • Stress

  • Clenching and grinding teeth

  • Medication

  • Poor nutrition

Starchy foods:
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 has both sugar and acids and energy drinks are very high in sugar. Sticky and starchy foods create less acid when eaten as part of a meal. Saliva production increases at mealtime, rinsing away food particles and neutralizing harmful acids.



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