Oral hygiene is an essential part of your overall health and well being. A daily routine will include brushing, flossing, and potentially mouth wash. Never assume brushing alone would fully cover an oral hygiene routine. For the best oral health result ask Dr. Saltz or Wilson, or your general dentist what they would recommend as a daily oral hygiene practice. Typically, your general dentists can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white avoiding the potential periodontal disease.
Taking Care of Your Mouth, Teeth, and Gums
At-home dental care has made it possible for individuals to keep their teeth healthier, longer. It is best to develop the healthy oral habit early on; however, starting now with brushing, flossing and mouthwash can help prevent further damage. If you have neglected your oral health routine, an exam and treatment may be the only rescue from disease and damage that may be present. Despite at-home care some diseases and conditions are unavoidable. It is recommended to have a least one check-up and cleaning by your general dentist every six months.
Brush & Floss Your Teeth Daily
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque is a combination of food particles, bacteria and saliva. It only takes 20 minutes after eating for plaque to build up. Sugary food and starches as the most harmful which combine with bacteria to create acids that eat away your teeth and gums. Sugars aren't the only enemy.Most all bacteria in plaque make acids that cause cavities. The continual build up of plaque leads to periodontal (gum) disease. This can be a serious infection that can lead to tooth and bone loss. Periodontal disease can also affect your overall health-impacting your immune system. You may become more susceptible to other disease and illnesses depending on the severity of your periodontal disease. Periodontal disease will damage bone and destroy the tissues around your teeth if it's not treated by a professional.
How Do I Defend My Teeth Against Plaque?
Prevention is the best cure. Remove plaque before it has a change to build up. Brush and floss after each meal and at least twice daily. Brushing your teeth removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque brushing can’t reach. You also can use mouth wash in conjunction with brushing and flossing for optimal results.