Did you know that when we brush and floss our teeth each day, we help lower the risk of not only bad breath and teeth stains, but even cavities and gum disease? In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist wants to help you better understand the steps toward a healthy smile with better oral hygiene habits.
Preventing Plaque Buildup
Plaque is the name of a sticky bacterial byproduct that forms on the surfaces of the teeth as bacteria break down the particles left on and between our teeth by the foods and drinks we consume. Sugary and starchy particles tend to really cling to the teeth to be broken down. Over time, the buildup will harden into tartar and be impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Over time, the buildup could weaken outer enamel to enable cavities and infection, or inflame gum tissues to lead to gingivitis or even gum disease. However, routine care at home, combined with routine checkups and cleaning every six months, will help control the buildup levels so you avoid issues like cavities or gum disease.
Brushing Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth when you wake up and then once again before you go to bed. Each session needs to take at least two minutes, as this ensures you’re reaching every available surface properly. We suggest using a toothbrush with soft bristles, as hard or medium bristles could damage enamel if you brush too rough. Be sure your use a toothpaste that contains fluoride too, as fluoride helps strengthen the protective layer of outer enamel. You can also select a manual or electric, as long as you use it daily and correctly!
You also need to floss, as this removes what is beyond the reach of your toothbrush’s bristles. You should take an 18-inch length of floss tape and wrap each end around your thumbs, holding it taut with your index fingers. Then move the tape up and down each side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line to removed trapped particles. Adjust your grip on the tape to ensure you use a clean portion for each tooth. If you have any questions about lowering your risk of cavities and gum disease, and fighting stained teeth and bad breath with daily care, then contact our team today. We would also love to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you and your family too.
Do You Need a Checkup Soon?
Our team understands that the actions we need to take daily help keep our teeth and gums strong, which is why your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental offers general and preventive treatment options. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.