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Oral Hygiene

Your Oral Health is Vital to Your Overall Health

Regular, thorough and gentle teeth cleanings and examinations by your Charlotte dentist and hygienist at Central Avenue Dental will help ensure your teeth and gums stay on track for a healthy mouth for life. They can even help prevent heart disease and stroke!

You kiss your mother with that mouth?

If you are lacking in the oral hygiene department, you are not only promoting bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and all kinds of oral health problems, you are sending the message that you don’t take pride in yourself, and setting yourself up for a host of overall health problems down the road.

The good news is, with a few tips from the professionals at Central Avenue Dental on how to maintain a solid oral home care routine, and regular visits with your hygienist and Dr. Miller at Central Avenue Dental, we’ll make sure your smile is always ready for the spotlight (and a smooch for mom).

Oral home care

While it is important to maintain your regular visits with your Charlotte dentists so we can give you a professional teeth cleaning and exam, there is only so much we can do for you when we only see you twice a year. The other 363 days out of the year, it is entirely up to you to keep your smile clean and healthy. Here are some helpful tips from the dental health professionals at Central Avenue Dental on keeping your smile shining bright:

  1. Nutrition – Your diet plays a critical role in your oral and overall health. Acidic foods and beverages are the most harmful for teeth. Diets rich in sugar, dairy, animal fats, and carbohydrates are at the highest risk for disease and decay.
  2. Brush – It’s not just about brushing, it’s about when and how you brush. We recommend an electric toothbrush (Sonicare™ is our favorite), and brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, and preferably after eating or drinking. Don’t forget to brush the tongue!
  3. Floss – If you’ve ever been to the dentist, you know how important flossing is. You should floss every day to remove particles between teeth that brushing alone cannot reach. Floss first, then brush to remove anything left behind.
  4. Rinse – While rinsing with mouthwash is not on our list of “essential” oral hygiene tips, it can take your checkup from an A to an A+. Mouthwash kills 99% of the germs lurking in your mouth that brushing and flossing alone will not, and ensures your mouth stays healthy and breath stays fresh.
  5. Water – Staying hydrated should be a given when it comes to any aspect of your health. But water can also be a useful tool when brushing and flossing is not an option. Just swish with water after eating or drinking to minimize acidity, bad breath, and decay.

At your appointment

We sure hope you’ve taken our advice and implemented better oral home care into your daily routine. We know, brushing and flossing is exhausting, but it really is so much easier once it becomes a force of habit! Now it’s time for a cleaning with your hygienist, and an exam with your Charlotte dentist, Dr. Miller.

Our hygiene team is one of the best in Charlotte – they are incredibly gentle, and impressively thorough to make sure no plaque is left behind, and you leave with that “fresh from the dentist” clean feeling. Comprehensive oral exams are important for us to note any changes in your mouth, in order to best detect and prevent decay and disease before they progress into more serious and more costly problems down the road. Dr. Miller will take a look, checking for signs of gum disease, decay, and oral cancer to make sure your mouth is clean and healthy.

Get the smile you deserve!

If you have any questions about oral hygiene or professional teeth cleanings with your Charlotte dentist, Dr. Miller at Central Avenue Dental, please contact us today, or schedule an appointment online!


3410 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 900-7301
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