What is oral hygiene?
Proper oral hygiene is important, especially as you get older. After the age of 35, your teeth tend to weaken and become more susceptible to periodontal disease or gum disease. In fact, about ¾ of adults suffer from some form of gum disease throughout the course of their life. The best way to avoid this tooth and gum damage is to practice good oral hygiene, which includes regular dental exams, professional teeth cleanings, proper brushing, and daily flossing. At Concerned Dental, our dentists help patients of all ages to learn the importance of oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Together, we can keep your mouth clean, healthy, and bright.
What causes gum disease and tooth decay?
Plaque is the sticky, clear film that develops on your teeth during the day and night. Brushing, flossing, and proper dental hygiene helps to remove the plaque, keeping your mouth healthy and free of periodontal disease. When plaque is not removed by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, it can turn into a hardened form called tartar and cause an inflammatory response that destroys your gums. This is known as periodontal disease.
In most cases, periodontal diseases are caused by plaque, which is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth over a period of time.
- Failing to brush or floss teeth routinely
- Improper brushing or flossing
- Failing to visit a dentist routinely
How can I practice good oral hygiene?
Visit a dentist for your regular dental cleanings and exams.
Visiting Concerned Dental Care on a regular basis is an important step to keeping your teeth healthy and bright. Your dentist can remove any plaque buildup during your visit, so you’ll never have to worry about plaque building up over time. If it’s been over six months since your last visit, it’s time to call us for your regular dental check-up, which includes a dental exam and teeth cleaning.
Properly brush and floss your teeth at home.
Brushing your teeth should be done using small, circular motions, polishing two or three teeth at a time. The toothbrush should be angled at about 45 degrees so that the brush tips are gently polishing the gumline. Repeat this movement while slowly making your way across the entire front portion of your teeth, then repeat for the top surface and back/inner surface. Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night.
When you’ve finished brushing, rinse your mouth to remove any plaque or food particles that were removed during brushing. Then, be sure to floss.
Flossing is a very important part of preventing gum diseases, as it removes the plaque buildup between your teeth, where a toothbrush cannot reach. Using a back and forth motion, gently slide the floss between two teeth. Then, move the floss around one tooth at a time all the way from the top of the tooth down to slightly beneath the gum line. Floss your teeth at least once a day.
What are the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene can help you stay healthy and prevent numerous oral health concerns. This includes:
- Keeps your breath fresher
- Prevents gum diseases like gingivitis
- Keeps teeth whiter
- Removes plaque buildup
- Prevents unnecessary dental procedures, which can be pricey
- Lowers your chances of cavities and toothaches