We are invested in helping you achieve and maintain optimum oral health. From self-confidence to your heart, a healthy smile can impact many aspects of your life. For instance, researchers continually link good oral health to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening conditions.
The most important parts of maintaining your oral health are conscientious personal oral hygiene and regular maintenance visits to our office. We are happy to partner with you in keeping your mouth healthy.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing removes food particles and helps prevent the buildup of bacteria on and around your teeth. This bacteria will otherwise accumulate, and harden into a thick deposit, tartar. The longer bacteria stay on your teeth, the greater risk of cavities and gum disease.
Some tips for maintaining your oral health are:
- Brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste, ideally after each meal.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Limit snacking in between meals and minimize the amount of processed sugars you consume.
Regular Office Visits
Regular visits allow Dr. Holladay to diagnose any problems early, monitor any areas of decay, and remove plaque that has built up over time. He will also assess the health of the gums and other tissues in your mouth.
Each person has individual needs or concerns. Your dental cleanings are also an opportunity for you to discuss these with Dr. Holladay.
Most people should see a dentist every six months to maintain good oral health.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is just as deadly as other forms of cancer, but if discovered early enough, nearly 90% of all cases are curable. That is why at every dental visit we will exam your mouth for signs of cancer.
Because cancer can take the form of many non-alarming tissue changes in the oral region, it is important that you see us if you have any sore or discolored area of your mouth that does not heal within 14 days.
If you have concerns about your oral health or are overdue for your regular checkup, please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with Myrtle Beach dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.