The month of February is synonymous with “LOVE” — so what better time to show your smile some extra love.

According to the CDC, cavities remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Additionally, more than one in four American adults have untreated tooth decay. The good news is that most oral health conditions can be avoided with a few good preventative measures.

Visit the Dentist Twice A Year

  • Comprehensive dental cleaning
  • Early detection of cavities, gum disease & oral cancer
  • Identifying problems under the surface with x-rays
  • Checking fillings or other dental work
  • Examination of your jaw and bite
  • Protecting your overall health

Daily Oral Care

  • Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times each day
  • GOT BRACES? Brush 4 times each day for 2 minutes
  • Floss regularly
  • Brush your tongue
  • Eat a balanced diet & limit snacks
  • Enjoy sugary drinks in moderation — and always brush afterwards

Stress

  • Stress can cause teeth grinding & jaw clenching
  • Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet
  • Get a good night’s sleep & create time to relax
  • Exercise

Visit the Orthodontist

  • Straight teeth are easier to clean
  • Healthier teeth & gums
  • Prevention of jaw problems & abnormal tooth wear
  • Improved overall health
  • Improved self-esteem & confidence

Oral Health = Overall Health

It was mentioned twice — so it must be important!!! Numerous studies continue to show a strong link between oral health and their overall health. The culprit?  Bacteria. Heart disease, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s are on a growing list that have ties to poor oral hygiene. Our mouth is full of bacteria, but with proper brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups, this bacteria can be kept at bay.

 

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