Patients who make their dental care a healthcare priority typically experience better dental health in the long run and reduce their risk of exacerbating the effects of larger health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease: studies have shown that poor oral health can increase the impact that such diseases can have on overall health. Good dental hygiene depends largely on two things:
- Daily brushing and flossing
- Regular preventive dental care
Marietta dentists Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Hildreth of Lost Mountain Dental understandsthe effect that good oral hygiene can have on long term dental health and offers these oral hygiene tips:
- Brush once a day with a soft bristled tooth brush using fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day between all teeth.
- Come in twice a year for routine preventive care
- Eat a healthy diet, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks
- Rinse the mouth with water or chew sugar free gum between meals to reduce bacteria that can cause tooth decay
Dr. Mulkey stresses the importance of routine preventive care and the role it plays in keeping the smile healthy as well as supporting overall health. These visits enable he and his staff to spot developing dental problems in the early stages, when conservative measures can be effective and future damage and disease can be prevented. A professional dental cleaning is always more thorough than regular tooth brushing and Dr. Mulkey and his staff can offer personalized recommendations for at home care to maintain optimal oral health between visits.
Modern dentistry focuses on helping patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible and patients who establish and maintain a good oral hygiene routine often avoid complex dental problems.
If you have been avoiding the dentist, consider the benefits of restoring your oral health and schedule a consultation at Lost Mountain Dental. Dr. Mulkey will take time to meet with you and discuss your concerns and goals before recommending treatment and will ensure your comfort and relaxation during your visit.