During the month of October we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month. It serves as a reminder that your oral health is important- poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on overall health and increase the impact of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. There is a “mouth-body” connection that is directly affected by the state of our oral health.
Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner takes a comprehensive approach to every patient’s dental care and has incorporated the Hain Diagnostics system into his practice as part of a focus on treating the underlying causes of common dental concerns such as gum disease to prevent future problems and ensure long term health.
Lifelong oral health depends largely on two things:
- Establishing a daily routine that includes brushing and flossing
- Routine preventive dental care with Dr. Trinkner
Dr. Trinkner recommends using fluoride products and a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day to reduce plaque build up and keep the surfaces of the teeth and gums clean between visits. Flossing once a day is also important to maintain optimal oral health and reduce tooth decay and cavities. During routine visits, Dr. Trinkner and his staff will thoroughly examine the teeth and gums to look for signs of decay and developing dental problems such as gum disease. Patients also receive a thorough dental cleaning to remove tartar and plaque from all surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line.
Dr. Trinkner emphasizes the benefits that routine dental care and good oral hygiene habits provide for long term health and the prevention of complex dental problems down the road. Keeping your smile healthy and well functioning is a necessary part of a good quality of life on a daily basis. Healthy teeth and gums allow patients to speak normally and enjoy a varied diet, as well as supporting overall good health.