THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HYGIENE
Good oral hygiene means maintaining healthy gums, eliminating bad breath, and keeping yor teeth free from plaque by brushing, flossing and cleaning your tongue regularly. It can prevent disease, improve your health, and make your trips to Brock Dental a lot more pleasant. Plaque is a colourless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the number one way to prevent cavities and painful dental problems from occurring. Did you know that a dults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities.
How you brush is just as important as when you brush. Use a good soft bristled toothbrush so you do not damage or irritate your gums. Be sure to brush at the gumline, as this is where gingivitis, or gum disease starts. Brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet, in a circular motion with small, gentle strokes. Then follow the same directions and clean the inside of the back teeth, for a good few minutes to remove as much plaque as possible from the surface of your teeth. Holding the brush vertically, next clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower teeth using a back and forth motion. Use fluoridated toothpaste as fluoride has been proven to strengthen the enamel of teeth. Rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.
Almost as important as brushing is flossing your teeth regularly. Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush can not reach. Floss can get to food and bacteria that your brush simply can not. Flossing also massages and exercises the gum tissue, which helps prevent swelling and bleeding.
Here are a few simple techniques for flossing:
- Start with about 18 inches of floss, wound mostly around each middle finger, leaving about an inch or two to work with
- Holding the floss betwen your thumb and index fingers, slide it gently up and down between your teeth
- Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline
- Unwind and use clean sections of floss as you go from one tooth to another
Many people overlook how important it is to clean your tongue . The tongue is a haven for mouth bacteria, and cleaning your tongue is expecially important if you have been experiencing an issue with bad breath. Gently scraping the surface of the tongue can remove much of the bacteria associated with mouth odour.
Brock Dental's Recommendations
Dr. Say and Dr. Palencar also recommend rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash, watching what you eat, and chewing sugar-free gum after meals when you are unable to brush. If used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40 percent. A balanced diet will help to boost your body's immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to oral disease. An ingredient in some brands of sugar-free gum, Xylitol, has actually been shown to reduce the accumulation of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and other mouth related diseases.
And of course, to maintain good oral hygiene, clean breath, and a healthy smile, visit Brock Dental at least twice a year. Professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit is an important part of your regimen to fight gum disease. W e can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please call Brock Dental.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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