Most people understand that brushing and flossing every day is important. However, there are few people that actually know that clean teeth and gums can also prevent many serious health problems! For example, failing to brush and floss properly or as much as you need to can lead to oral bacteria multiplying and collecting on your teeth and gums. This results in more plaque development, which can directly damage your teeth, gums, and jawbone. On top of that, gum disease, discomfort and infection can appear as bacteria travel outside of your mouth and into your bloodstream. In the long-term, poor oral health can put you at risk of systemic diseases like heard disease, stroke, respiratory illness, and even diabetes ad pregnancy complications. To learn the best toothbrushing and flossing tips, we encourage you to keep reading.
But it's not all bad news. After all, it's your mouth. You can control your oral health by simply establishing a solid habit of brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush using the proper technique and a quality fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing carefully daily. These days there are a host of advanced toothpastes, rinses and electric toothbrushes that can help you do a much more thorough job than was possible in the past. The most effective thing you can do is to call the dental office for an evaluation of your condition and get some advice as to which of the many new products would benefit you most. If we don’t have them here in the dental office for you, we can help you obtain them.
While your toothbrush will do an excellent job of cleaning the tops and sides of your teeth, there are plenty of places your toothbrush just can’t reach. That’s why flossing should be an essential part of any home care regimen. Spending just an extra minute or two flossing each day will help you remove leftover particles of food from between your teeth and control the accumulation of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. For best results, you should floss at least once a day, preferably right before bedtime.