Oral Hygiene

Fighting Bacteria for Over 25 Years

Oral Hygiene Care with Dr. Stearns

The best way to ensure that your teeth have a long lifespan is to start with good oral healthcare at home. From parents to their children, no matter what age you are, your teeth can be cared for with a few good habits instilled at home.

Hygiene Techniques for All Ages

Infants and Children

Even before their first tooth erupts, an infant should have their gums routinely cleaned with a washcloth, in order for them to get used to oral care. As their teeth emerge, clean with a tiny amount of toothpaste and floss where two teeth are touching.

As your child grows, instill good brushing habits, using soft-bristle children’s toothbrushes and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Teach them correct flossing techniques as well.

Teens and Adults

Your child’s teenage years are an ideal time to straighten their teeth, ensuring that they have a lifetime of easier oral care. Straightened teeth have the advantage of being easier to clean and preventing previously misaligned teeth from breaking.

As an adult, be sure to maintain good oral habits, such as brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Visit us here in Englewood, NJ typically every six months, for routine cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and to detect early warning signs of underlying diseases like decay or periodontitis.

Seniors

Elderly patients are eligible for restorative treatments, as a solution for missing or damaged teeth. These include dental implants, dentures, or implant-supported dentures. Elderly patients must also have routine oral cancer screenings, and keep us informed of any respiratory or cardiovascular health problems. Speaking of cardiovascular health, read along below for an interesting look at what’s been dubbed the “heart-mouth” connection.

The “Heart-Mouth” Connection

Did you know that studies have shown a connection between your oral health affecting your bodily health? After all, your mouth is the gateway to your body, so the level of care your teeth receive can have positive or negative effects on your overall health.

Take gum disease for example. Oftentimes, bacteria that are causing the inflammation in your gums have the potential to travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. These include possibly inflaming blood vessels near the heart. Some major causes of gum disease are smoking, obesity, and an unhealthy diet, along with poor oral care.

Other possible connections that are being studied are links between oral health and pregnancy, periodontitis and diabetes, and osteoporosis. As you can see, keeping the “gateway to your body” clean and clear of disease can have positive reverberations on the rest of your body.

OraCare with Dr. Stearns

With such a close connection between oral health and bodily health, we utilize an advanced oral rinse known as OraCare to prevent the worst of the symptoms for gum diseases. We have noticed radical changes in our patient’s teeth after an OraCare rinse regiment, preventing infections such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and halitosis. During your consultation or cleaning, ask us about OraCare and what it can do to improve your oral health.  

Preventative Care to Better Your Smile

Curious about treatments that can help improve the longevity of your smile? Take a look at the list below and let us know about what sparks your interest:

  • Invisalign: Straightening your teeth offers many advantages, from an easier time cleaning, to a more attractive appearing smile.
  • Root Canals: If decay is threatening the layers of your teeth, a root canal can clear the decay and fill it in to preserve the tooth. Oftentimes, the root canal is capped off with a dental crown.
  • Teeth Whitening: While whitening is not a “cure” for oral diseases, it can restore the original color of your teeth and bring a new, confident shine.
  • Periodontal Therapy: Gum disease can wreak all kinds of havoc on your smile. Repairing the damage early and resolving the symptoms through therapeutic treatments can save you from future bodily health issues as well.
  • Dental Implants: Missing one or more teeth? Leaving those empty spaces unfilled can spell trouble for the rest of your smile. Consider a dental implant to help restore and maintain the strength and durability to your smile.
  • Laser Dentistry: This advanced technology allows Dr. Stearns to pinpoint and remove problem areas that are the source of various diseases. For example, dead tissue from decay can be removed without scarring, little bleeding, and without cutting.