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Oral Healthcare Specialist

Madison Dental Partners

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentists & Periodontics located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Ideally, oral health care combines home hygienic practices like brushing and flossing, as well as in-office services like cleanings, scaling, and root planing. At Madison Dental Partners on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, dentists Steven Schwartz, DDS, Fadwa Robb, DDS, and Navid Baradarian, DDS, provide oral hygiene and health education. To schedule your next exam and cleaning, call the New York City office or request an appointment online today.

Oral Healthcare Q & A

What is oral health care?

Oral health care involves hygiene, preventive visits, and treatments in the office that promote excellent oral hygiene and long-lasting tooth and gum health. 

By keeping up with the services you need and with the daily brushing and other cleaning steps you need to do at home, you increase your chances of keeping all of your original adult teeth well into old age. 

You might not realize it, but your oral health has implications for your overall health. Experts have found numerous connections between oral health diseases like periodontal disease and systemic diseases, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

While practicing oral hygiene is just one component of many in preventing diseases like these, you shouldn’t neglect your routine care. 

What does oral health care involve on my part?

A large part of oral health and hygiene involves the steps you take at home every day, many of which are probably already second nature to you. You should use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to replace your toothbrush with a new one after 3-4 months of use. 

You should floss or use another interdental cleaner between your teeth to loosen and remove food particles and bacteria every day. It’s also important to eat a balanced diet and limit snacking. You can also use mouthwash as an extra step in your routine.

Being aware of the diseases and issues that can impact your oral health might help you keep in touch with your mouth’s hygienic needs. For your convenience, Madison Dental Partners offers online patient education with videos available to explain vital dental issues and best brushing practices. 

What kind of oral health care takes place in the office?

Your dentists at Madison Dental Partners provide in-depth education about your oral health in the office during your routine dental exams and cleanings, which happen during the same appointment. 

You should schedule a visit for these services once every six months. Even if you brush daily, a professional cleaning removes more plaque and tartar than your toothbrush and floss can pick up. 

During an exam, your dentist might identify signs of an issue you don’t realize you have. They might recommend other treatments and services to you, like:

  • Fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Crowns
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction therapy
  • Sleep apnea oral devices
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Periodontal disease surgery

Cosmetic treatments like veneers and teeth whitening won’t improve your oral health, but you can request them during your visits to Madison Dental Partners. 

To schedule your next visit and find out more about oral health care, call Madison Dental Partners or schedule an appointment online today.