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Oral Hygiene

What is oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene is important for the health of teeth, gums, the tongue, and oral tissue. However, more recent studies have also shown that oral health can have a significant effect on overall health and well being and in the prevention of a variety of systemic diseases.

 

Proper oral care is not limited to dental visits, but includes what we eat and when, our habits, brushing, flossing, and supplemental treatments.

 

Diet and Nutrition - the most effective measure that one can take to ensure a healthy oral environment is a well balanced diet. This includes receiving all vital nutrients, as well as limiting foods that may erode tooth enamel including sugars and acidic foods and beverages.

 

Preventative Care - in addition to maintaining a healthy diet, recommended care includes brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and using an oral rinse to remove harmful contaminants and bacteria.

 

Dentist Visits - for most people, dental visits twice a year a recommended for thorough examination and care of any dental concerns. Those at higher risk may be encouraged to make more frequent visits.

 

Supplemental Care - because everyone is different, additional treatments may be recommended including higher fluoride toothpaste, tooth mousse, dry mouth gels, etc.

 

Oral Hygiene Facts:

The typical pH level of the mouth ranges between 6.75 and 7.25 and is ideal slightly over 7.0 which represents a neutral to Alkaline pH. Oral pH below 7.0 signifies acidity and can lead to tooth decay.

 

Over 85% of adults in the U.S. have had at least one tooth affected by decay.

 

Over 20% of adults are affected by Xerostomia (dry mouth) and this percentage increases with age and medication usage.