Dr. France Chevalier is a quality dentist in the Ottawa area who believes in helping her patients with the maintenance of good oral health. Oral health is important as it can have a direct effect on the overall health of the body. This is due to the oral systemic connection, the link between the smile and the body. When patients are dealing with inflammation in the mouth due to periodontal disease, this bacteria can travel through the blood system and into the rest of the body, resulting in negative effects and increased risks for problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and even an increased risk of strokes. To avoid this, patients are encouraged to maintain their dental health over time—not only will this reduce one’s risk for periodontal disease but can also help them keep a smile free from dental caries (cavities).
There are many ways for Ottawa area patients to maintain their oral health and wellness.
Regular attention to the smile
Dr. France Chevalier knows the importance of at-home dental care. Patients who take care of their smile every day are participating in ways of preventing problems such as cavities and disease. Brushing and flossing after every meal is encouraged to remove plaque and tartar, as well as the bacteria and food particles which can develop problems.
A healthy, active lifestyle
Being active and eating right is important for overall health as well as the health of the smile. Eating foods that are low in sugars and acids can help reduce the development of plaque and tartar, which also reduces the risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay. Patients should also avoid chewing tobacco and smoking which can lead to problems such as oral cancer.
Maintaining dental visits
Dr. France Chevalier encourages patients to visit at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums as well as an evaluation. X-rays may be taken to check on the teeth underneath the gum line while also checking for areas of decay that may have developed. Many patients can catch problems early by visiting their dentist regularly for recall appointments.
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