Oral Health Care: Back to Basics

Did you know that excellent oral health is not just linked with healthy gums and teeth? This study has found a link between gingival status in relation to one’s satisfaction with life and overall happiness. It turns out that those who seem to see life on a more positive manner have excellent oral health habits. So here at our Massachusetts dental practice, we help you strengthen oral health via preventive measures. Let’s go back to the oral health care basics, shall we?

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Choose the soft-bristled types as they will help avoid damage to the teeth and gums. When the bristles start fraying (or after catching the flu), you might want to replace them.

There are a variety of choices out there when it comes to toothpaste. Figure out which suits you best. An ideal toothpaste should have fewer additives or flavours. If you’ve got sensitive teeth, consider using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.


Brushing alone won’t help remove food particles caught in between teeth hence the need to floss. Confused over the different types of floss in the market? Waxed floss is suitable for teeth with small spaces in between while the unwaxed types suit wider-spaced teeth well.

Tooth Whitening

The best way to whiten your teeth is to schedule an appointment with a dental professional. Dr. Peck offers BriteSmile teeth whitening to clients who wish to reduce the discoloration in their teeth. For a less intensive whitening system, a commercial whitening kit would also do.

Fluoride Requirements

By and large, fluoride protects your teeth from the acid from the breakdown of sugars in your food. In the United States, it has been estimated that 74 percent of the public water systems are fluoridated.

One should be careful in ingesting large amounts of fluoride as the water is already fluorinated. Fluorosis is a condition wherein the enamel is damaged due to too much fluoride. This is characterized by pitting, white lines on the teeth, and discoloration.

Massachusetts Dentistry

Let us help you improve your oral health!  If you live around the Springfield or Boston , Massachusetts area, schedule an initial consultation with us! Call us at (413) 241-3264 or fill out this contact form. Dr. David Peck is known for results. Have you ever dreamed of a great smile? If so, trust the experience, talent and compassion of general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Peck to make your dream into a reality!

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