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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

How general dentistry in Slidell, LA, can help you maintain a healthy smile

At-home oral care is important to maintain the health of your smile, and it can help protect the health of your body too. That’s because an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, offer a wide range of preventive dental services and general dentistry, to help protect your smile.

The goal of any excellent at-home oral care routine is to remove plaque as frequently and thoroughly as you can. The reason frequent plaque removal is so important is because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria, which produce toxins if left undisturbed. These toxins are strong enough to eat through tough tooth enamel, causing decay. The toxins can also cause inflammation and infection in your gums and supporting bone, causing gum and periodontal disease.

You can maintain a healthy smile if you:

Brush your teeth after meals and before bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Using a gentle, circular motion, brush all surfaces of your teeth, and along the gumline. You can also use a sonic or electric toothbrush if you prefer.

Floss your teeth at least once each day. Use a piece of floss and guide it down in between your teeth using your thumbs and forefingers. Make sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. You can also use floss picks if you have arthritis or dexterity issues.

In addition to practicing great at-home dental care, you also need to visit your dentist at least once each year for a dental examination, including x-rays. Your dentist can diagnose and treat dental issues while they are easily treatable, before they can grow into large, expensive dental problems.

You should also have a professional dental cleaning once every six to twelve months, and every three to four months if you have periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing only clean the plaque away. Your dental care professional can also remove the hard deposits, or calculus, on your teeth.

At-home dental care is vital to maintaining a healthy smile for life. To find out more about practicing excellent dental habits, and other preventive services, call Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, at (985) 641-7200. Call today!

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