Two of the biggest factors in your oral and overall health are your diet and your oral hygiene. Dr. Michael Sonick, Dr. Rui Ma and Dr. Stephanie Koo offer dietary and oral hygiene counseling in Fairfield, Connecticut, to help you learn the best ways to take care of your smile and oral health at home. We welcome you to call Fairfield County Implants and Periodontics, LLC at 203-254-2006 to schedule an appointment with our dentists to learn more.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to keeping your mouth and smile healthy and promoting your overall health. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and by following a good oral hygiene routine at home, you can avoid a broad range of problems for your oral and overall health, including tooth decay and periodontal disease.
We recommend that you:
- Brush at least twice each day. Ideally, you should brush after every meal as well as right before going to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss daily. This will remove food debris, plaque and bacteria trapped between your teeth in the areas where your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Continue to visit the dentist regularly. Routine dental visits include a professional cleaning and a thorough dental exam, allowing your dentist to monitor your oral health and ensuring that any developing problems are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Please feel free to ask our dentists and team for tips about oral hygiene. We are here to help you care for your smile and keep your mouth healthy.
Diet & Nutrition
Maintaining a healthy diet impacts your oral and overall health. For example, a lack of proper nutrition has been linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer, defects in the tooth enamel and periodontal disease. Other nutritional deficiencies can change the levels of bacteria and acidity in your mouth to cause a greater buildup of plaque on your teeth. There are also many nutrients that work to keep your teeth and gums healthier and to protect against infection and disease, including vitamins A and B.
Each person has a unique metabolism. Our dentists will work with you one on one, reviewing your current diet and oral health to determine the kind of diet and nutrients that will be most beneficial to you. Here are a few tips you can make to improve your nutrition and maintain better oral and overall health:
- Limit your intake of foods high in sugars and carbohydrates
- Eat plenty of fresh foods and vegetables
- Drink more water and avoid drinking too many sugary drinks
- Eat foods that are high in calcium and phosphorus
- Read food labels
Give us a call today for more information and to schedule your consultation!