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Perinatal/Pregnancy

In pregnancy, proper oral hygiene is important for not only the mother, but for the fetus as well. Keeping a healthy, infection-free oral cavity can reduce birth complications for both mother and fetus.
 

 
 



Toddler/Child

It is important to start children at a young age with good oral hygiene habits, because baby teeth need to stay healthy just like permanent teeth! Habits formed at a young age can reinforce future good habits as children grow.

 

 
 



Adolescent

As children grow into adolescents, it is vital to make sure they are keeping up with their oral hygiene as the body is changing. With peer pressure, children can be influenced by outside factors, so it is important that they have all the information they need to make good decisions.

 

 
 



Adult

Oral hygiene doesn’t just stop when all permanent teeth come in. It is important to take good care of the oral cavity throughout life, because oral health is connected to overall systemic health. Periodontal disease can negatively influence other diseases, so it is important to be informed.

 

 
 



Seniors

With older age can come more problems with the body, systemically. Oral hygiene does not lose importance, no matter how old you are. Whether you have all of your teeth or a full set of dentures, it is important to keep the oral cavity clean and healthy.

 

 
 



Oral Health Special Topics
 

Nutrition

Proper nutrition can help reinforce a healthy oral cavity. What we eat influences how our mouth and body react. It is important for people of all ages to be informed of proper nutrition.
 


Dry mouth

Dry mouth can be a contributing factor to a diseased mouth, and can contribute to the formation of cavities in people of all ages!


Fluoride

Fluoride is vital to help strengthen enamel and protect the teeth from cavity formation. Fluoride is important in people of all ages, not just children.
 


Whitening

In conjunction with keeping the oral cavity healthy, many want to whiten their teeth to make them more esthetically appealing. There are various teeth whitening treatments, available at-home and in-office.
 


Smoking/Smokeless Tobacco

Smoking and smokeless tobacco have a negative effect on not just the oral cavity, but overall systemic health as well. The negative effects can play into the body’s physiology as well as someone’s appearance.  Tobacco products have been linked to mouth, throat, and lung cancer. Many help options are available for quitting tobacco products.
 


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