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Brush, Floss, Repeat

Posted on: February 21, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

Maintaining proper oral health is more than just brushing your teeth. By forming healthy habits in conjunction with daily brushing and flossing, you too can prevent tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease.

 

As stated by the CDC, “Oral health is often taken for granted, but it is an essential part of our everyday lives. Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show emotions through facial expressions.” Primary Health Solutions couldn’t agree more which is why we’re taking the measures to ensure the best dental services for our patients.

 

With over 90% of US adults having had a cavity, 1 in 4 adults have left cavities untreated. This parallels unfortunate reports that about 65 million people have signs of gum disease for ages 30+ according to the CDC.

 

By taking the following steps, you can prevent dental problems to improve overall oral health:

 

  1. Visit a dentist regularly – Primary Health Solutions provides excellent dental facilities in our Middletown and Fairfield SBHC offices for regular checkups and cleanings.
  2. Avoid Sugary Foods – Candy, sweets, soda, and fast food can all deteriorate enamel and lead to oral cavities. Patients can face pain and tooth loss if left untreated.
  3. Stay Clean – Smoking, chewing tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption are all oral irritants to your teeth and gums.
  4. Brush & Floss – By performing this action two times a day, you reduce dental plaque, a sticky substance that forms on your teeth from eating and drinking fluids. After prolonged plaque buildup, consequences result in tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly eliminates these risks.
  5. Brush Placement Is Everything – By keeping your toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle near your gum line, you are essentially covering more surface area. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue!

 

Primary Health Solutions continues to strive in providing patient-centered services through our medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services. Recently, the Hamilton Bever Dental Center was opened to the public filled with state of the art equipment and facilities (as shown in the photo to your right).

 

To read more about oral health from the CDC, resources can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/aag-oral-health.pdf