New York Dental Implants Surgeon Surgeon’’s Advice Column On Maintaining Optimal Oral Health, PART 2 This four-part article series provides the advice of a dental implant surgeon on how to best care for your teeth and what terrible habits/lifestyle choices one should avoid. Welcome back to this four-part article series in which we speak to a New York dental implants surgeon about good oral hygiene and the bad habits to avoid in the pursuit of achieving and maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. We ended off our previous article installment, Part 1, with the surprising revelation that most Americans neglect to floss their teeth – a fundamental component of any sound oral hygiene routine – and that you should actually be brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes at a time. Clearly, there is so much more we need to learn about what we should and shouldn’t be doing, so let’s jump straight back in…
Aside from brushing and flossing, would say there are any other things we should be doing to keep our mouths clean? “There are anti-bacterial mouth rinses that can be quite nice to keep on hand if you don’t get the opportunity to brush your teeth at work,” says the New York dental implants surgeon. “The work day can be long and all the coffee, snacks and lunch can cause your breath to sour, so rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouth wash can be beneficial to both oral hygiene and personal presentation. We also recommend that people brush their tongues when doing their teeth… or even invest in a tongue scraper.”
Really? You You’’ve got to brush your tongue? “Stick your tongue out in the mirror. If it’s pink all the way back to the tonsils, then it’s healthy. If it’s white, it’s likely got plaque on it and plaque consists of bacteria (dead and alive), food debris and dead skin cells,” says the Bronx dental implants surgeon. “This is what often causes bad breath and problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. What few people know is that the tongue harbors just as much bacteria as the rest of the mouth and it needs to be brushed just like your teeth. You can also make use of a tongue scraper as I mentioned before.”
Do you have any final advice on daily oral hygiene before we turn our attention to the bad habits to avoid? “Yes, everyone should see the dentist at least once per year and their oral hygienist twice per year. This is an essential component of the preventative oral healthcare that will keep your teeth and gums in good shape.”
Are there any exceptions to this rule? What if you you’’ve got beautiful teeth and you haven haven’’t been experiencing any problems? “Even still, you should see your dentist once per year and twice per year if you’ve been diagnosed with gum problems in the past. Many dental problems don’t present with obvious symptoms and it takes an experienced eye to recognize them,” explains the New York dental implants surgeon. “In order to prevent these problems from progressing and taking a permanent toll on your oral health, your dentist will treat them or take the necessary preventative measures to protect you. Remember, its cheaper preventing problems as opposed to fixing them… you’re also far more likely to keep your original smile intact this way!” Stay Tuned for Part 3 For more advice from a Bronx dental implants surgeon on how to maintain optimal oral health for life, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series.
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