Practicing good oral hygiene is the foundation of preventative dentistry. Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one's mouth clean and free of disease and other problems by regular brushing of the teeth and cleaning between the teeth. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental disease such as cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
Our dentists have a strong focus on education and are committed to the health and longevity of your teeth.
To establish an effective dental care regime, our dentists in Dental Experts Center recommend that you take the following preventative steps:
Regular scaling and polishing at least once per year.
Brushing your teeth daily (minimum twice)
Flossing at least once daily.
Using a mouth wash twice daily.
Stay on healthy diet with less sugar and carbohydrates.
Scaling and Polishing:
No matter how well we brush or floss, there will still be parts of the mouth that we won’t be able to clean by ourselves. Dentists and Dental hygienists have years of training and all the instruments needed to thoroughly remove any plaque, calculus and surface staining on the teeth and prevent gum disease.
It is recommended that we do dental cleaning every six months. However, people wearing braces or those with diabetes may be advised to have their hygiene appointments more frequently.
Routine Dental assessments is an invaluable opportunity to carefully inspect your mouth, teeth and gums and identify potential problems as early as possible. We will be looking for signs of tooth decay, lose or broken teeth, damaged tooth fillings and crowns/bridges or gum disease.
Daily teeth brushing:
Brushing your teeth minimum twice daily with the proper technique and frequency will prevent cavities and gum diseases, if teeth are not brushed correctly and frequently, it could lead to the calcification of saliva minerals, forming tartar. Tartar hardens (then referred to as 'calculus') if not removed every 24 hours.
Floss at least once per day to ensure leftover food debris hiding between teeth is removed from places your toothbrush cannot reach and prevent the buildup of plaque.
Mouth wash and Toothpaste:
Mouthwash and Fluoride Toothpaste are an effective tool in the fight against tooth decay, gingivitis, as well as the promotion of healthy teeth and gums.
Here are just a couple benefits from using mouthwash.
1) Freshens breath
2) Prevents Plaque build-up and removes particles
3) Stop cavities from forming.
Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Remember, not all mouthwashes contain fluoride. Be sure to check the label on your mouthwash before purchasing.
With regular brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash you can keep your mouth healthy and smelling fresh. Talk with your dentist about the importance of mouthwash and find a strategy that works for you.
What you consume and how often you eat impacts your teeth. Eat more nutritious foods to stimulate saliva and strengthen enamel. Limit food and beverages that are high in sugar and carbohydrates.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits will be the gate for healthier and happier life as it doesn’t affect teeth only but overall physical and emotional health.
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