Good oral hygiene at home is the foundation for healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
The plaque and bacteria on your teeth can cause you major problems, including cavities and gum disease, and it is important to remove this plaque from your teeth on a daily basis. The plaque that does not get removed from teeth from brushing and flossing turns in to tartar, which can then only be removed by your dental hygienist at regular visits to our office.
For at-home care, we recommend that you use a soft or electric toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and brush for two minutes two times per day. Cleaning in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach is also a vital part in keeping your teeth and gums healthy as well. The importance of flossing cannot be stressed enough! If your gums happen to bleed when you floss, know that that’s not normal; healthy gums do not bleed. A common mistake, though, is that people will stop flossing when they notice bleeding. The best thing to do is to keep flossing — even if it bleeds — to get the gums healthy enough to where they won’t bleed. Taking care of your teeth or gums through flossing helps to prevent gum disease, which is linked to cardiovascular disease and tooth loss.
Taking good care of your teeth at home will greatly reduce your chance of future problems with your teeth. Remember, you only brush and floss the teeth you want to keep, so keep on brushing!