Oral Hygiene

Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap

Unless you’re AC/DC, you should leave the dirty deeds to the professionals. But not just any professionals – a gentle and thorough teeth cleaning and examination by your Charlotte dentist and hygienist at Central Avenue Dental will have your smile singing a new tune in no time.

You kiss your mother with that mouth?

If you want to listen to grimy rock ‘n’ roll and curse like a sailor, Dr. Michael Berglass will not be the one to stop you. But a dirty mouth – literally – is where he draws the line. While caring about personal hygiene is not exactly part of the rock ‘n’ roll persona, being successful and desirable, and living long enough to talk about it is.

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 “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dentist” Dr. Berglass, 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 like a rock star:

  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. Berglass.

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. Berglass will take a look, checking for signs of gum disease, decay, and oral cancer to make sure your mouth is clean and healthy.

If you have any questions about oral hygiene or professional teeth cleanings with your Charlotte dentist, Dr. Berglass at Central Avenue Dental, please contact us today at (704) 980-9993, or schedule an appointment online!

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