597 W Crossville Rd #100, Roswell, GA 30075 | 770.992.5858

Oral Hygiene

Master Your Smile’s Health with Our Oral Hygiene Services

Elevate your dental routine with the comprehensive Oral Hygiene services at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. Our expert team, with over 30 years of experience, offers personalized guidance and treatments to enhance your daily care and prevent dental diseases. From professional cleanings to educational insights on proper brushing and flossing techniques, we empower you to maintain optimal oral health. Trust us to be your partners in achieving a healthier, more radiant smile.

Dental Cleanings

Our practice offers thorough dental cleanings and exams to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and gums, helping to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Our skilled hygienists use advanced techniques and tools to ensure a deep and effective cleaning, while our dentists perform comprehensive exams to detect any signs of dental problems early on.

Home Care Guidance

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we believe that patient education is key to maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home. During your visits, our dental team will provide personalized guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as recommendations for oral hygiene products that best suit your needs. By empowering you with knowledge and tools for effective home care, we help you take control of your oral health and prevent future issues.

Prevention Plans

We understand that every patient has unique dental needs and concerns. That's why we offer personalized prevention plans tailored to your individual risk factors and goals. Whether you're prone to cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues, our experienced dental team will work with you to develop a customized plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life.

Elevate Your Oral Hygiene with Vlass & Merritt Dental Care

Vlass & Merritt Dental Care is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral hygiene and maintain a healthy smile for life. Our comprehensive approach to oral hygiene encompasses preventive care, patient education, and personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care and support for your oral health journey.

Oral Hygiene FAQ's

Oral hygiene refers to the practice of maintaining the cleanliness of the mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Good oral hygiene habits include brushing teeth regularly, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings.

Oral hygiene is essential for maintaining overall oral health and preventing dental problems. Proper oral hygiene helps remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps prevent bad breath, staining, and other oral health issues that can impact a person’s quality of life.

A good oral hygiene routine includes brushing teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth, using mouthwash to freshen breath and reduce bacteria, and visiting the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. Additionally, consuming a balanced diet low in sugary and acidic foods and beverages can help maintain oral health.

It is recommended to brush teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals, using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Additionally, flossing should be done once a day to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and along the gum line. Brushing and flossing regularly help prevent the buildup of plaque and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

To brush your teeth effectively, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and brush in gentle, circular motions, covering all surfaces of the teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Be sure to brush the tongue and roof of the mouth as well to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

Prioritize Your Oral Health with Vlass & Merritt Dental Care

Your oral health is our top priority at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. From comprehensive cleanings and exams to personalized prevention plans and patient education, we are committed to providing the highest quality care and support to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life. Schedule an appointment today to experience the difference our dedicated team can make for your oral hygiene journey.

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

Associations & Distinctions

Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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