A full 90 percent of all oral health problems stem from accumulated plaque, the sticky, bacteria-laden film that forms after meals. In Anchorage, AK, Dr. Timothy Lethin is concerned about plaque and its deleterious effects, which is why he recommends proper oral care to all patients, both in his office and at-home.
That awful plaque
Besides being the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, periodontal disease leads to body-wide inflammation and related chronic disease. The American Heart Association cites hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiac issues as linked to poor gum health.
Fortunately, these issues are preventable. Dr. Lethin asks you to conscientiously take care of your mouth, as oral care freshens breath, whitens teeth, reduces decay, and improves both gum health and overall well-being. Here are some general guidelines:
- Brush your teeth every day. Use a light touch and move your toothbrush in small circles, covering all tooth surfaces. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth, as well.
- Floss daily. Plaque and tartar love interdental spaces. Floss gets into these nooks and crannies, making them squeaky clean. Flossing also promotes intraoral circulation, explains Healthline.
- Drink water with your meals and in between, as well. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments in his Anchorage, AK, office.
- Eat healthy. What does that mean exactly? Avoid white sugar, increase your intake of fiber, calcium, and protein, and stop snacking between meals.
Also, see Dr. Lethin and his team twice a year. He'll give you a complete oral examination—including an oral cancer screening—and an X-ray screening when you need it. Your hygienist will also scale and polish your teeth and show you ways to brush and floss more effectively.
Healthy mouth, healthy you
Both results from good oral hygiene habits. With the help of your Anchorage dentist, Dr. Timothy Lethin, you can have the great smile you desire. Call the office with any concerns: (907) 337-9474.