As patients are learning about the available services and benefits of cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their smile, it’s important to remember that the health of the mouth can have a direct impact on the health of the body. Dr. Charles Martin, an experienced and trusted dentist in the Richmond, VA, area, is skilled at restorative and cosmetic dentistry services; however, Dr. Martin also believes in the importance of preventing health or cosmetic issues. He believes that one of his most important jobs as a dentist is to educate his patients about how to keep their smiles sparkling and their teeth and gums healthy.
Many people claim that their smile is their most prominent feature. Our smile shows emotion, it greets friends, and is an indication of our personality. The mouth is also important because of the role it plays in nutrition, digestion, and overall health. Conditions of the mouth can lead to health problems like heart disease, an increase in blood pressure, and diabetes. That’s why it is so important to keep your mouth free from bacteria and in good health.
Dr. Martin is committed to helping patients retain their good oral and overall health through preventative dental care. Good dental habits can stop problems before they even begin. To keep your mouth healthy, patients must commit to brushing their teeth after every meal, or a minimum of twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. Some patients believe that brushing and flossing aren’t that important and rush through the process or skip it altogether for a few extra minutes of sleep. However, these practices are the only way to eliminate bacteria before it attaches to the teeth and gums and causes problems like tooth decay or gum disease.
While brushing and flossing are critical, dental checkups are also important. Even if you never skip a flossing session and always brush your teeth for the full two minutes, there are areas of the teeth that are nearly impossible to reach at home. During your dental check up you will receive a professional cleaning that removes any built up plaque and any food particles that are hiding in those hard to reach spots. Further this appointment gives Dr. Martin an opportunity to check your teeth, gums, and mouth tissue for any potential trouble spots before they erupt into full-blown problems.
If you have any questions about the right brushing technique or your at-home dental prevention routine call the office of Dr. Martin. He and his team are committed to helping you keep your mouth healthy and your smile sparkling.
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