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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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Your Dentist in Harris County Says This Could Harm Your Oral Health

March 4th, 2021

One of your goals for the spring is to leap forward with excellent oral health. Therefore, you’re looking for areas that you can make improvements in. Your dentist in Harris County says a simple way to make an impact is to become aware of which activities pose a threat to your oral health, and in making the necessary changes, preventing dental mishaps.

These Activities Can Harm Your Oral Health

There’s an old saying that goes, “Knowing is half the battle.” Thus, by becoming aware of how you could be jeopardizing your oral health, you can take the needed steps toward making a difference.

You should avoid or make special arrangements for the following activities:

  • Playing Sports – If you’re involved in some form of sport, then there’s a chance for a collision and trauma to your mouth, teeth or gums. One remedy is to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard. Thus, if there is a mishap, you’ll be better protected.
  • Unhealthy Eating – Eating unhealthy diet can be a problem too. That’s because the ingredients in processed foods and the many different versions of sugar that are available, contribute to bacteria growth. If allowed to get out of hand, a cascade of oral problems can materialize, like tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and several others. So if you have a taste for something sweet, try out a piece of fruit instead of some type of snack food.
  • Smoking – If you want to rid your mouth of the toxins that can contribute to problems like oral cancer, then it’s a must to stop smoking. Not only can it cause serious oral health problems, it can also affect the rest of your body.
  • Grinding Your Teeth (Bruxism) – If you have an issue of bruxism, whether it’s because of stress or anxiety, it’s important to seek help, immediately. That’s because the action of your top and bottom teeth grinding against each other rapidly wears down your enamel and can lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, this can leave you more susceptible to infection.

The Benefit of Excellent Oral Hygiene

There are two activities that you definitely always want to maintain, and they are brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, you are removing the built-up plaque from your teeth, while flossing gets into the hard-to-reach spaces to remove debris and bacteria.

Pay Your Dentist a Visit

In addition to maintaining your oral hygiene, you should also be sure to visit your local dentist semi-annually for cleanings and checkups. The former will remove the most stubborn substances – including tartar – from your teeth and along the gumline, and the thorough check-up will explore every aspect of your oral health.

To schedule your first appointment, reach out today!

About the Author

A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Alan Arrington has been practicing dentistry for nearly a decade. In his postgraduate capacity, he remains very eager to continue learning, which is why he has undergone over 150 hours in continuing education on various dental procedures. Dr. Arrington, who is a member of several professional organizations, practices at Hamilton Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.