Oral Hygiene – Preventative Care

Oral hygiene is closely linked to a person's overall health. That's why committing to a regular oral hygiene routine is crucial for consistently removing bacteria inside the mouth and maintaining clean teeth surfaces and healthy gums.

This is best achieved by flossing and brushing your teeth two minutes twice a day, along with a bi-annual dental assessment, which gives your dentist the opportunity to professionally remove plaque build-up and identify early signs of oral problems before they escalate.

Failure to exercise these preventative care practices can lead to more serious problems than bad breath and a sore mouth. Poor oral health has been linked to gingivitis (gum disease and decay), periodontal disease (inflamed gums and bone), oral infection, heart disease and strokes – dental and medical problems that can severely impact your general wellbeing and quality of life.[1]

We recommend that you action the following preventative care steps to maintain optimal oral hygiene and prevent gum disease and tooth decay:

  • Brush twice daily for two minutes minimum.
  • Floss daily.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or when bristles appear worn out.
  • Use toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • Visit our practice every six months for a regular dental assessment.

Are you due for a dental assessment? Schedule an appointment with Main Street Dental today and our team can work with you to help restore your oral hygiene and demonstrate the correct at-home preventative care procedures to keep your teeth and gums in top shape.

[1]American Academy of Periodontology, The Mouth-Body Connection, accessed April 2011 http//www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.top2.htm

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