This October we recognize the importance of good oral hygiene as part of National Dental Health Month.
Medford dentist Dr. Parnaik has been emphasizing the benefits of maintaining good oral health to all of her patients since she began practicing as a family and cosmetic dentist in 2006. She understands the important role that it plays in a patient’s overall health and the effect that poor oral hygiene can have on health concerns such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Lifelong dental health depends on two things for most patients:
- Establishing a daily hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing
- Routine visits with Dr. Parnaik twice a year for exams and dental cleanings
Regular dental care is the key to preventing both common and complex dental health issues down the road and can also provide Dr. Parnaik the opportunity to screen for oral cancer and oral infection. Catching these potential concerns in the early stages often means conservative treatments can effectively restore health. When necessary, Dr. Parnaik may also recommend the use of specific products at home to help keep the mouth healthy between visits.
Oral hygiene tips:
- Brush twice a day with a soft bristled tooth brush to reduce gum irritation
- Floss once a day between all teeth
- Avoid sugary foods and beverages
- Rinse the mouth with water or chew sugar free gum after a meal to reduce bacteria in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay
- Never use the teeth to open a container or bottle to avoid damaging them
Your dental health is an integral part of your overall physical well being and plays a role in your daily quality of life. A functional smile is necessary in order to speak normally and enjoy a varied, healthy diet. Dr. Parnaik considers herself a partner in her patient’s overall healthcare as their dentist, and seeks to educate them on how best to maintain their oral health and prevent major dental problems from developing.