Tooth Decay: Keep a Healthy Smile With These Tips from a Dentist


Why do regular brushing, flossing and dentist visits fall by the way side all too often? Dr. Katera Hopkins, dentist, and Chelsea Brooks, registered dental hygienist, share tips for good dental habits and how to maintain them.

What are mistakes that people make the most often when it comes to dental care?

Dr. Hopkins: There are a lot of people out there who are very fearful around dentistry.

Either they’re embarrassed or they just are afraid of what we do, whatever it is. There’s a lot of resistance to even coming in and starting with a dentist.

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So, we try to spin it in a way that it’s not about mistakes so much as what can we do to help serve you.

We care a lot about prevention and education and establishing a dental home and just getting people in the door to get them comfortable to kind of establish a baseline routine with hygiene, home care, nutrition counseling, maybe smoking cessation counseling if that’s appropriate and going from there. Chelsea?

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