It’s not new news that maintaining good oral hygiene is important for our teeth and gums. Having good oral hygiene habits aren’t just important so that we can have beautiful smiles that help us look and feel our best. Oral hygiene is also crucial to our overall well being, speech, and eating abilities. Thanks to innovative dental treatments and awareness of good dental hygiene, many people have now been able to take care of their teeth properly and keep them throughout their entire lives. Though there are some dental conditions and diseases that limit this ability – the most of us have a great deal of knowledge and control over the condition of our teeth. We know that there is a lot of information out there in regards to what are good oral hygiene habits and what aren’t. Dr. Hobbs and his team of dental professionals are passionate about providing patients with the right dental hygiene information in order to help them practice good oral hygiene habits. If you’re looking to improve your oral hygiene, here are 5 tips to follow:
1. Brush Properly:
To ensure that you’re brushing properly you must brush your teeth for two-‐minutes, twice a day or after you eat or drink items that have high staining abilities. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing for long enough – try using a stopwatch to time yourself. While brushing, use short and gentle strokes that focus on the gum line, back teeth, filings, crowns, or other hard to reach places.
2. Floss, Floss, Floss!
Flossing is just as important as brushing. By flossing everyday you can remove the plaque and food particles that brushing alone can’t remove between your teeth and along your gum line. When plaque builds up it increases the risk of developing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. You can stay away from all of these problems by incorporating daily flossing into your hygiene routine.
3. Use The Right Tooth Brush:
At the Dr. Hobbs clinic we suggest that you use a soft-‐bristled toothbrush. Soft bristled toothbrushes have the same ability to remove plaque and debris from your teeth while being easy on your gums. In addition, smaller headed toothbrushes are recommended as they allow you to reach harder to get to areas such as your back teeth.
4. Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly:
Many people continue using their toothbrush far too long. It’s important that you replace your toothbrush either every three months, once it starts to wear, or after you have been sick. Replacing your toothbrush regularly will help avoid collecting germs that can harm your gums, teeth, and overall health.
5. Visiting The Dentist Regularly:
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is a very important step in practicing good oral hygiene. Without their help, you won’t be able to tell if there are dental issues going on that need addressing. In addition, they can help point out areas of your mouth that may need extra attention and care to avoid problems in the future.
Our Hygiene team is proud of the level of care we provide our patients. We like to refer to ourselves as “Mouth Body Hygienists” as we focus not only on teeth but also on overall health before making any treatment recommendations. This is important as overall health and well being is the cornerstone to what might be influencing your oral, thus overall health.