Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene.The practice of Dr. Richard Goldberg is a premier Monroe Township family dentistry practice that offers a comprehensive range of dental services to patients of all ages. Whether you’re interested in dental implants. Botox treatments, or are looking for a family dentist to care for your children’s teeth, we welcome you to our office, as where we can meet a wide range of your dental needs.

Before we can improve the appearance and health of your smile, it’s important that you have a mouth that’s healthy enough for treatment. This goes beyond brushing and flossing, as certain lifestyle habits and routines can keep your teeth strong and expedite the treatment process. Below you’ll find some helpful tips in maintaining your oral hygiene and protecting your teeth.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is very important, because keeping your teeth and gums clean can improve your dental health and overall health. Plus, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and naturally you’ll want your smile be healthy and attractive. Despite dental professionals stressing the importance of oral hygiene is, tooth decay remains extremely common for people of all ages, especially children. In fact, tooth decay is far more common than asthma and hay fever among children ages 12-19. But it is an oral health problem that is for the most part, completely preventable! 

In addition to tooth decay, there are several other diseases that commonly affect the mouth including periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss and systemic or whole-body inflammation if it’s not treated.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to see your family dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will provide you with routine examinations, look for potential problems, and offer you some tips for preventing common problems like cavities and gum disease.

It’s just as important to practice excellent oral hygiene at home, by brushing your teeth after meals and before bedtime and flossing at least once a day. You also should be sure that you are getting an adequate amount of fluoride, as it helps strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride is essential for children’s developing teeth and it helps prevent decay in kids and adults. We recommend using a toothpaste containing fluoride, even if your main source of drinking water is fluoridated. If you are not getting enough fluoride, we can apply it directly to your teeth here at our office.

Finally, using a therapeutic mouthwash that contains anti-bacterial and cavity-fighting ingredients can also help safeguard your oral health. However, mouthwash should never replace regular brushing/flossing, but can be used in conjunction after your normal routine.

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Kick the Habit!

If you use tobacco, it raises your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer, so kick the habit once and for all. Giving up tobacco can also make your breath fresher, help you avoid staining of the teeth and assist in lowering your risk for serious health problems like heart disease and lung cancer.

Eat a Healthy Diet for Good Oral Health

Just like your skin, muscles and organs all require a good diet full of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy, your teeth and gums require that you eat a healthy diet as well. You should be sure to eat a well-balanced diet consisting of foods from all the main food groups and limit in-between meal snacking. And to lower your risk for tooth decay, limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Goldberg!

By being very diligent with your oral hygiene routine, you can enjoy many benefits that come with having a healthy and attractive smile! If it’s time for you to see a dentist for a checkup and professional cleaning, please schedule an appointment with us today. Our practice is 100% dedicated to helping each patient we serve achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Give us a call at (732) 251-7722 to get started today!