We want to see you every six months for a checkup and cleaning, which helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. But routine care at home in between these visits is also essential for strong smiles. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist wants to discuss better ways to brush and floss your teeth.
The Causes of Decay and Periodontal Issues
What causes issues with our smile when we don’t brush and floss? Well, the foods and drinks we consume will leave particles behind on and between our teeth, and bacteria will break them down. This is especially true if these are particles from sugary and starch-rich selections. As bacteria break down these particles it releases a foul odor and elevates oral acidity. The teeth then become coated in plaque, a bacterial byproduct that is sticky and difficult to remove with brushing and flossing. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar and is linked to increased risks of bad breath, teeth stains, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Brushing Your Teeth
When we care for our teeth from home each day, we limit how much plaque can accumulate in between our professional cleaning visits. The cleaning visit means removing all plaque and tartar before your teeth and gums suffer, and is recommended every six months.
When you brush at home, be sure you use a toothbrush, whether electric or manual, with soft bristles, which prevents inadvertent damage to enamel and receding gums. You should use a toothpaste that contain fluoride and the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. You should clean your teeth first thing in the morning for at least two minutes using a pea-sized bit of toothpaste. You need to do the same before bed too. These actions benefit kids and adults alike!
Flossing Every Night
Flossing is also essential, as this reaches the portions of your smile your toothbrush’s bristles simply cannot. You should take an 18- to 20-inch length of floss, wrap each around your thumbs, holding it tight with your index fingers. Run the tape up and down each side of every tooth, down the length of it and beneath the gum line. You can adjust your grip to always use a clean portion. Do this without exception every evening before bed. For children, a floss pick may be more manageable. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Discusses Better Brushing and Flossing
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to make sure you know how to better improve your smile’s health and beauty. To find out more about improving your oral hygiene at home, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.