Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is an oral disease-preventive practice that helps in maintaining both the teeth and mouth free from common dental conditions such as gingivitis, dental caries, as well as bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene not only prevents oral diseases, but also facilitates the development of oral pathologic conditions which are vital for the regeneration and healing process of oral tissues.

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What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene encompass regular teeth brushing including proper cleaning between the teeth that maintains your teeth and gums. In addition, oral hygiene also involves proper tongue cleaning, mouth washing, feeding, and a healthy diet with a low intake of sugary foods and drinks. Proper oral hygiene also includes regular dental checkups (at least once per year), and the avoidance of smoking. Taking these steps results in a mouth that smells and looks healthy, which includes healthy, pink gums that do not bleed or hurt when flossing or brushing and clean teeth free from debris, and good breath.

Long Term Risks of Poor Oral Hygiene

Most of the oral diseases such as gingivitis and dental caries are caused by bacteria that live in the mouth in the form of plaque, which can also lead to the development of periodontal (gum) disease. The plaque consists of a sticky layer of food residual that clogs and accumulates on the teeth, especially on places where toothbrushes may not reach. Ingested foods, mostly sugary foods, are common sources of plaque that causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. This acid irritates the gums, causing them to appear red, sensitive and vulnerable to bleeding and thus increasing the risk of gum disease. If left untreated, the bones surrounding the teeth may degenerate, making the teeth loose.

In order to get rid of plaque, an appointment with Avenue Dental Care would enable proper brushing and cleaning between your teeth in order to remove the accumulated plaque from the teeth surfaces. We recommend you use a soft-bristled tooth brush with appropriate size and shape that fits in the mouth and easily reaches all areas in the mouth. Furthermore, brushing your teeth with antimicrobial toothpaste containing fluoride protects your teeth from decay. Proper brushing technique involves cleaning both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth to remove the food debris, as well as cleaning the tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Flossing involves removing plaque between the teeth where the toothbrush may not reach hence protecting the gums from bacteria. Flossing helps to clean beneath the gum line by following the curves of the teeth with caution.

In conclusion, practicing good oral hygiene is vital in maintaining both healthy teeth and gums and promoting your overall wellbeing. Good oral hygiene helps you maintain self-confidence through fresh breath, as well as enables you to speak and eat properly. Therefore, it is important to observe daily preventive care such as proper brushing and flossing practices, eating a healthy diet, and going for regular dental check-ups in order to maintain your oral
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Excellent dentist and staff! They were so patient, kind and informative. I felt much better about what I was spending money on once they explained more about my teeth and what was or could happen. They kept me comfortable and stopped to reevaluate at the first sign of discomfort on my part. I would and will go back to get more work or check ups done.

Stephanie W.

I came in and had a great experience with Dr. Jackson and staff. I hate going to the dentist but the staff made me feel very welcomed and they were not judgmental at all. I will be back, thank you!

Steven W.

This is the best dentist office I have ever been to. Hands down the nicest people from the hygienist to the dentist they are nice, kind and more than willing to talk to me. I don’t know what else I could ask for in a dentist office!

Tom S.

I have been taking my family to this office for 2 years now. I have had many dentists through my life. Dr. Mitchell is the only one I have thought of as my favorite. The part that helps the most is his gentle way of administering the shot. I barely feel it. I have always felt welcomed by the office staff and treated well. I would recommend this dentist to anyone. We only see Dr Mitchell so I can’t comment on any other dentists working there. The hygienists are knowledgeable, kind and gentle also.

Carrie O.

Great office for dental work, we refer all of our patients here from our orthodontic office.

George N.

I am 53 years old and have all of my own teeth for a reason…. I know a good dentist when I find one !!! Avenue Dental Care treated me with respect and did 4 fillings PERFECTLY in just over an hour. No pain during, or the next day. I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Avenue Dental Care !! They also have long hours and are open on Saturdays. They ALWAYS give you a reminder text/call and they accept CARE CREDIT !!! They reward highly for referrals too !

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