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LIFELONG ORAL CARE TIPS

Regular dental exams and cleanings are a great way to protect your smile, but having excellent home care habits also plays a big role in the health of your smile. We offer family dentistry in Woodland Hills, CA and part of the services we offer are lifelong oral care tips that keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Here are some of the tips we often share with our patients to help them achieve the best oral health possible:

Brushing Your Teeth

Make sure you use proper techniques when brushing your teeth to get the most out of the time you spend on your oral care. Angle the bristles toward your gums where plaque is most likely to collect. Gently brush your teeth using the tips of your toothbrush bristles to do the cleaning. Make sure those bristles go in between your teeth and slightly below your gumline for the best results. Don’t brush too hard! Spend at least two minutes brushing every tooth and the surfaces of your teeth.

Products matter! A fluoride toothpaste will help protect your teeth against decay.

Flossing Your Teeth

Use a good-sized length of floss – about three feet. Make sure you floss both sides of each tooth in an up-and-down motion. Also, floss behind your back teeth. If you do it regularly, flossing will not be painful and actually feels quite good!

Diet and Nutrition

Certain foods put your oral health more at risk: soda, sports drinks, fruit juice, and sugary or starchy snacks are the biggest culprits. Focus on a diet of whole foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables. This is good advice not only for your oral health, but also your overall health.

Importance of Oral Care for those with Diabetes

Many studies have shown that there is a two-way association between oral health and diabetes. This means that not only does diabetes contribute to poor oral health, but poor oral health can increase a person’s risk of diabetes. This is because diabetes affects blood glucose control which affects the immune system’s ability to fight infection because the bacteria often feed on the glucose in the blood.

The most prevalent oral issues that people with diabetes face are gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. One common type of gum disease is gingivitis which, if untreated, can lead to the more serious periodontitis. This makes it very important for people with diabetes to schedule regular checkups with our dentist in Woodland Hills. If gum disease is caught early, it can be relatively simple to treat. However, when more serious gum infection takes hold, it can be very difficult or even impossible to treat and can lead to tooth loss and receding gums.

If gum disease is caught early, it can be relatively simple to treat. However, when more serious gum infection takes hold, it can be very difficult or even impossible to treat and can lead to tooth loss and receding gums. It is just as important for people who have poor oral health to be screened for diabetes. Because they are in the increased risk group, people who have periodontal disease or tooth decay should be aware of the symptoms of diabetes.

It is never too late to start practicing better oral hygiene, which is the first step to preventing any oral health issues. It is also important to schedule regular checkups with a dentist so any problems that arise can be diagnosed and treated before they become more serious health issues.

Are you interested in Family Dentistry in the Woodland Hills, CA area? Give us a call to set up your next appointment.

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