Ways to Maintain Your Oral Health
Oral health is a good measure of general health. Your mouth is one of the more important parts of the body to maintain. Dr. Garlitz and staff at Garlitz Dentistry, Columbia, SC are fully equipped to aid in caring for you and your family’s oral health, and further educating their patients on how to care for teeth.
The two mainstays of dental hygiene are brushing and flossing. They are central to caring for your oral health. Brushing clears out most plaque and bacteria, especially with the use of fluoride-containing mouthwash and toothpaste. The fluoride is essential to protecting your teeth against cavities. Flossing removes plaque and other remains, which toothbrushes cannot reach. This keeps your gums free of diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. A great addition is mouthwash, which is a full antibacterial rinse of the entire mouth, including areas rich in bacteria, which aren’t usually brushed, like under the tongue. A significant impediment to maintaining healthy teeth is the consumption of sugary drinks, such as dark sodas, which can be corrosive and soften teeth enamel, leading to tooth decay. So, avoid eating unhealthy food, and stick to fruits and vegetables.
Orthodontics promote good oral health mainly by preserving the structure of the mouth and teeth. and partly. Orthodontic treatments help align teeth, so that they wear down more uniformly, reducing pain resulting from an improper bite. As a consequence, teeth tend not to chip as easily or weaken from grinding. Straightened teeth lend themselves to easier brushing and flossing, as there are less awkward, hard to reach areas. If you need Invisalign braces tailored to your teeth, our Columbia dentist can help.
Good oral health is incomplete without checking for sources of bad oral health such as cavities, gum disease and other underlying issues a professional can detect. Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia and Lexington, SC, can ensure you and your family stay healthy. While our office is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's important that you maintain good oral health practices at home during this time. If you have a dental emergency, call one of our office locations. For our Columbia office call (803) 736-8606, and for the Lexington location (803) 399-8236.