For the month of October we recognize the importance of good oral hygiene as part of National Dental Health Month.
Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Cappy Sinclair has been emphasizing the benefits of maintaining good oral health to his patients since establishing his cosmetic and family dental practice. Dr. Cappy wants his patients to understand 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 preventive care visits 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 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. Sinclair may 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. Sinclair considers himself a partner in his 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 down the road.