February is Oral Health Month!

In honor of Oral Health Month, we would like to help raise the awareness of overall oral health. It’s never too late to develop good habits that will lead to healthy teeth and gums. Here are several tips to ensure lifelong oral health:

  • Floss daily to remove the plaque build up between teeth and under your gumline. Once plaque has built up, it will harden into tartar which can cause cavities.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar and starch, such as sweet snacks or sticky foods. These will cause damage to your tooth enamel.
  • Lengthen your tooth brushing to at least 3 minutes and twice a day. Make sure you’re using a fluoride toothpaste to remove all plaque from the surface of your teeth to avoid any risks of tooth decay
  • Of course, we recommend a regular check up from your dentist and professional cleaning

Dental Issues to be Aware Of

  • It’s possible to get a cavity around your existing fillings. Brushing and flossing regularly will help prevent this, but get this checked out by your dentist to avoid further damage.
  • Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Swollen, red or tender gyms are all symptoms of gingivitis. The early stages are still reversible so see your dentist before this develops.

Gum disease is important to prevent in early stages because research shows a possible link to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Following our oral health tips will help you prevent gum disease in the first place.
These habits to proper oral hygiene are important to make part of your daily routine. For any questions on oral health, contact us at Wagner Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists. Make National Oral Health Month your time to improve your smile!

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