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Oral Hygiene

The foundation for a healthy smile

Think of your oral health as a beautiful piece of architecture. The building may be breathtaking and functional, but without a solid foundation, eventually it will crumble. The same goes for your oral health. Your teeth may appear to be in good working condition, but if you are skimping on your oral homecare routine and regular cleanings, it will only lead to more complicated and more costly maintenance down the road.

Our outstanding hygiene team

First of all, yes it is our job to ask you if you’ve been flossing regularly. While it may seem like we’re beating a dead horse, we only stress flossing so much because it really is THAT important. Don’t worry, we won’t make you feel bad if you’ve been slacking. You’re human, we get it – flossing is exhausting.

That’s why our hygiene team is one of the best in Bolivia and Oak Island. We’ll give you one of the most thorough, yet most gentle cleanings you’ve ever had, and we’ll show you the compassionate care that you deserve. We also emphasize patient education in order to provide you with the tools and knowledge to keep your mouth clean and healthy at home.

Home care

One of the most important things we can do as your trusted dentist is to provide you with the knowledge to take ownership of your oral health. There’s only so much we can do when we only see you twice a year, the other 363 days of the year are up to you. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you ace your next checkup:

  1. Brush – Brush for at least two minutes, at least twice every day, ideally after eating and drinking. Use an electric toothbrush for the best results – we recommend Sonicare®. Don’t forget to brush all sides to the very back, and the tongue to minimize bad breath.
  2. Floss – Floss every day, before you nightly brushing to remove particles between teeth and keep your gums healthy.
  3. Rinse – Rinsing with mouthwash kills 99% of germs and bacteria in your mouth that brushing and flossing alone cannot, and helps keep breath fresh.
  4. Water – When brushing and flossing is not an option, rinsing with water after eating or drinking will help reduce plaque and bacteria.
  5. Nutrition – Your diet plays a huge role in your oral and overall health. Minimizing or eliminating acidic foods and beverages from your diet is a good idea – sugar, dairy, carbohydrates, and processed foods.

If you have any questions about oral hygiene or would like to reserve a cleaning with your Bolivia dentist or Oak Island dentist – Dr. Michelakis, Dr. Wilharm, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hohl, or Dr. Dobransky – please contact us at Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry today at (910) 933-2408.