Oral Health Basics

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We are going back to basics to help you recognize the simple signs of good oral health.

What Good Oral Health Looks Like

When you have good oral health your teeth are clean, free of any food particles or debris, your gums are pink and pain free and do not bleed during brushing.  Good oral health also means fresh smelling breath.

If you don’t see or experience the signs of good oral health, it’s time to make a checklist of potential problems that are affecting your teeth and gums.

Your Checklist of Oral Health Problems

Take time to look at your teeth and gums taking note of the following:

  1. Do your gums appear red and swollen?
  2. Do your teeth hurt when touched with a toothbrush or when chewing food?
  3. Do you have teeth that feel loose?
  4. Do any of your teeth have cracks or large spaces in between?
  5. Is your mouth dry?
  6. Do you know if your breath is an ongoing problem?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s time to check your oral hygiene habits and to call your dentist.

Good Oral Hygiene for Good Oral Health

Good oral hygiene is not much different from good hygiene practices overall.  The same practices apply to teeth and gums.

Practicing daily oral hygiene can prove as a preventative measure against most diseases that affect the mouth.  There are exceptions to this rule, however, if you are suffering from certain physical ailments that also affect the teeth and gums.  Nevertheless, it is always good to floss after meals, brush at least twice daily and drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and clean.

Professional Care for Oral Health

Regardless of the condition of your teeth and gums, it is always wise for adults for visit the dentist at least twice annually.

Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem has been helping patients reach and maintain optimum oral health for nearly 20 years.  Dr. Rotem practices general dentistry while specializing in cosmetic and sedation dentistry.

You can keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling clean and healthy with help from Dr. Ron Rotem.

Continue good oral hygiene practices for the best oral health and make your bi-annual appointment with Dr. Ron Rotem today!