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Dental Hygiene

The importance of good dental hygiene 

Your smile says a lot about you. A beautiful and healthy smile has the ability to give you confidence, while a diseased or imperfect smile can make you feel self-conscious when socializing with others. Also, many patients in the Odenton, Maryland area may not be aware that the bacteria in their mouth can cause infection elsewhere in the body. Dr. Trevor Greene of Piney Orchard Dental can educate you on how you can maintain good dental hygiene and improve and maintain your oral health.

Why is it important to maintain good oral hygiene?

Good mouth hygiene can play a role in one’s overall health and wellness. How? When conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease develop, the bacteria present in these gum infections enters the bloodstream, spreads throughout our bodies, causes inflammation, and leads to an increased risk of strokes and heart disease. Due to this connection, known as the “oral-systemic connection,” patients need to be prudent about caring for their smiles.

What are some ways to prevent problems and improve oral hygiene?

If you want to take good care of your smile, you need to consider the following steps:

  • Brushing your teeth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and quality fluoride toothpaste, you can brush away plaque before it starts.
  • Flossing your teeth. Regular flossing can remove food particles from between the teeth that can contribute to the development of cavities and disease.
  • Eating a healthy diet low in both sugars and carbohydrates. Sugars bind with plaque and can increase the risk of cavities in the teeth.
  • Visiting the dentist every six months. Patients of all ages need to visit the dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and evaluations.
  • Calling the dentist when problems arise. Between appointments, if you spot any changes in your smile, it’s wise to contact the office for an evaluation.

How do I learn more about the benefits of good dental hygiene?

Odenton, MD area patients can connect with Dr. Trever Greene of Piney Orchard Dental to consult with him and his team about good oral hygiene habits. The office is located at 8743 Piney Orchard Parkway, Suite #111, and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (443) 406-6884.

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