The Many Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is the foundation of lifelong oral health, an important part of a good quality of life.

During the month of October we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month and Newport News dentist Dr. Harper takes a moment to remind his patients of the two key components of good oral health:

  • Daily routine that includes brushing and flossing
  • Regular preventive dental care

Brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing once a day is important for reducing the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, two of the most common dental problems that can lead to more complex issues down the road if not treated or prevented with good oral hygiene habits.

Dr. Harper recommends that patients follow the ADA guideline of two preventive care visits per year. These visits enable Dr. Harper and his staff to spot possible dental problems in the early stages when they can be treated conservatively. It also provides the opportunity to screen patients for signs of oral cancer and other oral infections that can threaten overall health if not diagnosed until later stages. Oral cancer is a growing health concern with a high cure rate when spotted in the early stage.

Dental health is an important part of a patient’s overall physical well being, and poor dental health can increase the risk or severity of health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Routine visits with Dr. Harper keep common problems in check and reduce the risk of late diagnosis for other health concerns like oral cancer.

Have you been avoiding the dentist for some time and are feeling anxious about returning? Dr. Harper will take the time with new patients and work with anyone who suffers from dental anxiety to ensure their comfort and confidence in their dental care. Restoring you oral health has many benefits for your long term quality of life, enabling patients to speak normally and enjoy a varied diet as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.