Maintaining good oral health is an important part of a healthy life
Regular visits to the dentist are an essential part of maintaining good oral health. These visits provide an additional level of preventative care that cannot be obtained by simply brushing and flossing regularly.
During these appointments, your teeth will be cleaned removing tartar build-up along with a light polishing to remove stains to allow for cleaning your teeth more thoroughly.
These appointments are not just about cleaning; they are about maintaining good health. Our welcoming staff will check your teeth and gums for any signs of disease, so we can tell whether or not you need further help before the situation is extrapolated.
Research has shown that periodontal disease may be associated with several other diseases. Having healthy gums not only helps manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other inflammatory conditions. Visit perio.org for more information or contact us to book an appointment to discuss your oral health.
Why is flossing important? Most cavities and periodontal disease begin between the teeth. While brushing is important, the bristles of your toothbrush simply don’t remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. That’s why we recommend that you floss every day.
Don’t worry about the type of floss; they all work pretty much the same. Choose the type of floss you like. Wind 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving about five inches between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, and leave about one inch in between to work with. Gently guide the floss down between the teeth using a side-to-side motion. If your teeth are too tight to floss, or if it catches or tears, let us know about it. These are problems that need to be fixed. Pull the floss tightly in a C-shape around the side of the tooth and slide it under the gumline. Clean the surface of the tooth by moving the floss up and down several times to remove all the food and bacteria. Then pull the floss around the next tooth and repeat the process. Wind the floss to a fresh section and gradually work your way around your mouth, cleaning both sides of every tooth. If you have problems reaching some areas, you may want to use a floss fork. If your gums are infected, they’ll bleed when you floss. That’s to be expected if you are just beginning to floss. After a week or so of regular flossing, the bleeding should go away, and you’ll be well on your way to healthier teeth and gums.
Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, proper tooth brushing involves these things:
Braces are a great way to straighten and realign your teeth to create the beautiful smile you deserve. However, caring for your teeth while you have braces can be challenging because there are a lot of brackets, bands, and wires to work around. Because these fixtures create dozens of nooks and crannies in your mouth, there are more places for food particles and plaque to hide. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and permanent staining, which will negatively affect the terrific smile your braces were meant to create.
We’ll be happy to show you special techniques for caring for your teeth while you have your braces.