What your dentists in Gig Harbor, Washington, want you to know
Regular dental visits are crucial to maintaining excellent oral health, but following good oral hygiene habits at home is the most important way to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life. Dr. Peter Elton and Dr. Douglas Clarke at Cedarbrook Dental in Gig Harbor, Washington want to share the facts about why you need to keep good oral hygiene habits.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits should only take a short time out of your day. Ideally, you should be:
- Brushing after meals and before bed; using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. You can also gently brush your tongue because that’s a place bacteria can easily hide.
- Flossing every day; using a single piece of floss or floss picks be sure to wrap around each tooth as you floss it. This ensures you are reaching deeply in between teeth and cleaning the rounded surfaces between teeth.
- Remember to keep in mind that the reason you are cleaning your teeth is to remove plaque. The plaque on your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce acids which can cause gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for a long period of time, the bacteria in plaque can cause a lot of damage, so cleaning your teeth frequently is vital!
- Don’t forget regular visits to your dentist and hygienist because you can’t take care of your teeth alone. You need help from the professionals. Many oral diseases and conditions are impossible to detect except through a comprehensive dental examination and x-rays.
When you keep good oral hygiene habits, you are helping to ensure the health and beauty of your smile. For more information about oral hygiene and all things dental call Drs. Peter Elton and Douglas Clarke at Cedarbrook Dental in Gig Harbor, Washington. Call today!