Preventative Dental Care
As a family dentist in SW Portland, Dr. Hoang knows it's important for every patient to enjoy a healthy, great looking smile that leaves them feeling confident and happy with the way they look.
Your oral health matters to far more than just your teeth and gums. Numerous studies have shown that individuals that suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic illnesses that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and cancer.
Researchers continue to explore this mouth/body connection and one thing has become perfectly clear - your oral health matters. Fortunately, every patient can work to improve the health of their teeth and gums with three regular activities.
Step 1 ) Brush twice daily.
Brushing works to remove plaque - a sticky biofilm that clings to tooth enamel - from the surface of our teeth and along the gum line. When allowed to build up on your teeth, plaque produces harmful substances that slowly erode away at enamel. Given time, plaque will cause the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
Step 2 ) Floss daily.
Flossing helps to clean to areas around your teeth and mouth that a toothbrush cannot reach - between our teeth and below the gum line. We find that decay often begins in these hidden areas, so include regular flossing to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Step 3 ) Schedule regular dental visits.
Regular dental exams with Dr. Hoang allows for early detection of tooth decay while it's easily treatable. Regular cleanings provided by our dental hygienist allow for the removal of plaque deposits that could contribute to the development of dental decay and gum disease.
Take these three simple steps to significantly lower your risk for dental disease and the chronic health conditions frequently associated with poor oral health.