PRESCOTT DENTAL HYGIENE
Prescott Dental Arts offers expert Dental Hygiene to all family members in Prescott, Arizona
BENEFITS OF GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE
Having good dental hygiene has many benefits. Keeping teeth clean and healthy is extremely important especially when wanting to keep teeth for a lifetime. Neglecting one’s dental hygiene can lead to painful gum disease, tooth decay, or even tooth loss. Having good dental hygiene, and following a good preventative plan, is an important part of maintaining good dental health throughout your life.
GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE TIPS
When to brush and floss
Good dental hygiene must be done on a daily basis. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. This is usually done in the morning and in the evening before bedtime. However, brushing teeth around mid-day also, after lunch, will keep food from settling on the teeth and prevent plaque from forming. The ADA also recommends flossing at least once a day. This helps prevent plaque build up between the teeth.
How to brush and floss
When you brush, move your toothbrush in small circular motions along all surfaces of the teeth. Moving the toothbrush in a circular motion will help move the bristles in the crevices of each tooth. This increases the removal of food particles and plaque that settles in between teeth and at the gumline. Also make sure to brush the teeth and gums gently. Brushing too aggressively can cause tooth erosion and gum recession.
The proper toothbrush and toothpaste is also important. Make sure to use a soft toothbrush to avoid being too abrasive on the teeth and gums. Using a medium or hard toothbrush can also lead to tooth erosion and gum recession. Using a fluoride toothpaste is also important because fluoride strengthens teeth’s enamel. This helps keep teeth strong and decay free.
Proper flossing technique is very important. When flossing make sure to curve the floss around each tooth and gently move the floss in an up and down motion. It’s important to floss between each tooth, even behind the last teeth. Not only is at home good dental hygiene important it’s also important to see your dentist every six months for check ups and dental cleanings. Dental cleanings, done by a dental professional, will help remove plaque that may be missed after brushing and flossing.
Consequences of poor dental hygiene
Neglecting your teeth and not practicing good dental hygiene can cause many dental issues. As mentioned above, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Statistics show that up to 90% of adults suffer from gum disease at some point in their lifetime. Gum disease is the result of the accumulation of plaque left on the gums. Plaque is a film that builds up along the gumline and traps food and germs. As it settles in, the germs attack the gums and cause soreness and bleeding, which can lead to gingivitis or periodontitis.
Plaque not only affects the gums it also attacks the teeth. Neglecting your dental hygiene allows plaque to sit and collect on teeth eventually leading to tooth decay. This can lead to other issues like broken teeth, root canals and even abscesses. Both tooth decay and gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Making sure to practice good dental hygiene is extremely important. There are many benefits to having good dental hygiene. Taking the time to brush and floss teeth properly and on a daily basis will keep teeth healthy, strong and for a lifetime.