Oral Health Q&A: Dr. Levine

World-renowned NYC aesthetic dentist Dr. Levine shares why oral health is so important, including his number one tip for how you can power up your oral care routine.

Oral Health Q&A: Dr. Levine

A frequent guest of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine is a world-renowned NYC aesthetic dentist, oral health expert, author, inventor, and an active philanthropist. A professor and program director of Advanced Aesthetics at New York University, Dr. Levine is committed to teaching young professionals, caring for his patients, and creating ways to empower people to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dr. Levine shares why oral health is so important, including his number one tip for how you can power up your oral care routine.

Q: Tell us about your passion for oral health.
A:  I’m on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of having a healthy mouth. With more than 30 years of experience in the dental profession, my goal is to use that experience to teach, train and educate people on the importance of good oral health.

Q:  Why is oral health so important?
A:  A healthy mouth is part of a healthy body, so it's important to care for your teeth and gums to prevent issues like gingivitis, and to promote overall oral health. And while a good oral care routine includes seeing your dentist regularly, it’s also imperative to take care of your mouth between visits.  We need to challenge and empower Americans to be responsible for their oral health, think preventively, and develop an everyday oral health routine that is good for them.

Q:  What is your number one tip for patients looking to improve their oral health?
A: My number-one tip is to be sure to brush at least twice daily and floss once a day. I also stress that they should visit their dental professional twice a year to diagnose and treat any problems that may have developed. In addition, I recommend they make the switch to using a rechargeable power toothbrush, specifically one with oscillating, rotating, pulsating technology.

Q:  What are the benefits of power toothbrushes when it comes to oral health?

A: Using a rechargeable power toothbrush is one of the best and easiest ways patients can further improve their oral health. Many have a variety of cleaning modes, brush heads and timers to encourage brushing for the dentist-recommended two minutes. While regular manual brushes can effectively clean teeth, power brushes can provide the brushing action for you. More specifically, power toothbrushes that oscillate, rotate and pulsate help attack sticky plaque from multiple directions. If left unattended, plaque can lead to a number of problems, including tooth decay and gingivitis. Talk to your dental professional to find the best power toothbrush for your individual needs.

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