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201 East Chestnut Street, Ste. B Asheville, NC 28801

Healthy Smile, Healthy Lifestyle

Why is it important to have a healthy oral care routine?

Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. Dr. Shawna Hoffert spends time with patients to educate them on the importance of periodontal health and how it impacts the overall health of the body. For a healthy smile, practicing oral hygiene every day is a must. 

There are billions of bacteria living inside our mouths at any given time. Many of these bacterias can build up as plaque which can cause tooth decay and gingivitis and gum disease.

Healthy oral hygiene includes brushing after meals, using antimicrobial mouthwash, drinking plenty of fluoridated water, and using a straw to help reduce contact of sweetened beverages, supplementing or replacing sugary drinks with water, milk, or yogurt, and flossing at least once a day. Doing all this will help keep disease-causing bacteria from reproducing in your mouth and causing tooth decay. Having a healthy diet that limits sugary and starchy foods can help keep the bad bacteria under control. 

Why is going to the dentist important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your mouth and teeth healthy but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care and dental cleaning are important because it can help prevent and protect against tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth and bone loss.

Teeth Cleaning 

 While getting a teeth cleaning can feel invasive and uncomfortable to patients, common dental issues such as gum disease or tooth decay can be much more painful and require even more dental work in the long run. Maintaining a healthy daily oral hygiene routine can help prevent large amounts of plaque and tartar from building on the teeth. However, getting a professional cleaning done twice a year is essential for fully removing any buildup. When you visit our dentist’s office in Asheville, NC, you will receive a comprehensive dental cleaning and examination. Our dental cleanings are performed by a licensed dental hygienist. Your visit may include:

  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Dental x-rays
  • Periodontal screening
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Occlusal analysis to examine the position of the bite

Preventing Gum Disease

Dr. Hoffert offers a strong periodontal health program that focuses on prevention and intercepting early signs of gum disease.

Gum disease is one of the leading dental concerns, characterized as an inflammation of the gums. Numerous studies have linked gum disease to other chronic diseases including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. In addition, gum disease increases risks for pregnant women such as premature birth and low birth weight.

Schedule A Dental Appointment in Asheville

If you are trying to find a dentist in Asheville, NC, consider Dr. Shawna Hoffert at Red Maple Dental. We offer the convenience of a local dentist for general dentistry and preventive care with the expertise and advanced capabilities to treat complex dental problems. Call or go online to schedule an appointment to get your oral health as healthy as can be!