Teeth Cleaning & Dental Oral Hygiene 2017-04-10T13:53:48+00:00

Dental Oral Hygiene

Teeth Cleaning and Dental Oral Hygiene

Most people will agree that cavities, root canals and gum disease are not very much fun. Why not do everything you can to prevent having to endure these painful conditions? It’s much easier to care for your teeth properly, keep up with routine cleanings and checkups, and maintain good oral health than to go through the steps to get it back. There are many facets to maintaining good dental oral hygiene, but the basics are pretty simple: visit your dentist regularly, keep your teeth and gums clean, and eat a well-balanced diet. These simple steps will put you on the road to a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime.

Home Care

We all have some sort of oral hygiene routine that we intend to follow, only to have life get in the way. While it may seem harmless to forget your morning or evening ritual every once in a while, it is crucial to do your best to maintain your oral health by reducing dental plaque and the bacteria it harbors. Ideally, you should brush your teeth in the morning and at night with fluoride toothpaste followed by an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash. You should also floss at least once a day. Finally, it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every few months, and especially after you’ve been sick.

Regular Dental Visits

Good homecare habits are essential, but can’t by themselves remove all of the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth. It is essential to see your hygienist regularly so they can remove plaque from the places you can’t reach, such as in between teeth or below your gums. You should visit twice a year, which also gives your Shelby Dentist a chance to examine your teeth, gums, mouth, and bone structure and ensure your overall good oral health.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

We all know that an unhealthy diet which includes things such as candy, desserts, or sugary drinks will not help us maintain our overall health. However, many people forget how bad these foods can also be for our teeth and gums. There are many culprits, but sugar in particular provides fuel for the buildup of plaque which contributes to the development of cavities and gum disease. If left untreated these can cause further tooth damage or decay, as well as the loss of one or more of your natural teeth.

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