It is no secret that a good oral hygiene routine, including regular visits to your local dentist for a routine examination and dental cleaning, is crucial to superior oral health. In recent years, oral health has been linked to a person’s overall health, making good oral health more important than ever before. When untreated, developing tooth decay and gum disease can lead to a wide array of health problems. If it has been a while since you have been to a dentist or it is time for your routine checkup in the Bardstown, Kentucky area, Dr. Michael Walton and the friendly team at Walton Family Dentistry would love to welcome you to their office. Even with regular checkups and cleanings, there is more you could be doing for your oral health between visits. Here are some tips you can follow for your at-home care.
We all know that brushing our teeth is the most important thing we should be doing on a daily basis. Brushing twice to three times daily to remove plaque and bacteria is critical to maintaining good oral health. However, if you are not using the correct technique, you may not be getting the full benefit. First, brushing harder does not equal better. In fact, this can lead to damage of your tooth enamel and gums over time. It is recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush for daily brushing so you can avoid dental complications including tooth sensitivity, damage to your tooth enamel, and gum erosion.
No matter how good your oral hygiene routine is, you are putting yourself at an immense health risk if you use tobacco. Tobacco harms the body’s immune system and makes it difficult for tissues, including in the mouth, to heal. Tobacco use also increases your risk for gum disease, oral cancers, and more. Tobacco can also stain the teeth, leading to a less attractive, yellow discoloration.
Sugary drinks and those containing ingredients such as citric acid are dangerous to your teeth when regularly consumed. Enjoying a sugary soda or an energy drink is completely fine in moderation. We all need those small pleasures here and there, but you will be doing yourself a massive favor if you consume more water throughout the day.
Dr. Michael Walton was born and raised in Bardstown, Kentucky. He loves offering superior dental care from his practice to members of his community. He wants to emulate his childhood dentist by making every dental appointment fun and memorable for his patients.
Dr. Walton offers modern, friendly dental care with a personable, communicative, humorous touch. He believes that everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile and works hard to ensure that his patients leave the practice feeling their best so that they would want to make someone else feel good.
When not working, he enjoys volunteering at The Nelson County Community Clinic.
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