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How to Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Proper dental hygiene is not only important to keep your smile looking good, it is also mandatory for a lifetime of good oral health. By practicing good dental hygiene, you drastically decrease your risk of developing cavities and gum disease which are associated with the buildup of dental plaque. Nearly everyone is taught how to brush and floss their teeth at an early age, but many people forget how to do so with proper technique.
Brushing Your Teeth Properly
- Place a medium-firm toothbrush on your front teeth at a 45-degree angle.
- Gently rotate the brush in a circular motion, thoroughly going over the entire front surfaces of your teeth.
- Gently brush along the gum line.
- Repeat on the rear surface of your teeth.
- Gently brush the upper surfaces of your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to get rid of loosened plaque.
- You should use a long string of floss (about 18 inches), wrapped around the middle finger of each hand with more on one side.
- Grasping the floss with your thumb and index finger, guide the floss into the spaces between your teeth and gently scrape the sides of each tooth down to the gumline.
- Make sure to unwind to clean areas of floss as you go to avoid transferring plaque to other teeth.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly when finished.
By following these dental hygiene routines twice each day, you are guaranteed to decrease your chances of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Talk to Smile Today about any concerns you may have regarding your dental health.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Introducing your child to oral hygiene practices and dental visits can be challenging, as young ones are often fearful of new experiences and environments. When your baby’s teeth first erupt (usually around 6-8 months of age), you should begin gently cleaning them with a soft brush and water. All twenty primary teeth will usually have appeared by two and a half years old, and we suggest that your child’s first dental appointment take place shortly after they turn three.
Your child’s first visit with a dentist doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, with careful strategy, you can make this a positive experience!
Preparing Your Child for the First Appointment:
Reading children’s books about visiting the dentist and telling positive stories about your own experiences are great ways for you to prepare your child for the initial appointment. Make a point of bringing your child to the office a few days before to take a tour and meet our friendly staff. These strategies can greatly diminish stress and result in a great first visit.
During the first visit, we will:
- Examine your child’s teeth, gums, and other oral tissue.
- Check to see if fluoride is needed.
- Evaluate habits such as thumb sucking.
- Teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth and how to help them learn good oral hygiene habits.
- Suggest a schedule for regular examinations.
How to Prevent Oral Health Concerns for Kids
Smile Today is a great choice for your children’s dental needs. We enjoy creating a friendly, gentle, and positive environment for all of our patients. Schedule an appointment for your child’s first dental appointment today.
Periodontal Disease: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention
Everybody knows that oral health is important, which is why most people brush and floss regularly. Unfortunately, many people aren’t brushing or flossing properly, which may eventually lead to periodontal disease. While many people focus their oral hygiene practices around their teeth, the health of the gums is equally important. Additionally, habits such as drinking alcohol and using tobacco contribute to the growing number of cases of periodontal disease among adults. It is important for everyone to pay special attention to their own periodontal maintenance each day.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Red, swollen, and sore gums
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Loose teeth
Common Contributing Factors to Periodontal Disease:
- Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing
- Lack of professional cleaning appointments
- Alcohol and tobacco use
How You Can Perform Periodontal Maintenance:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly in a circular motion for at least two minutes, twice every day, while paying special attention to cleaning your gum line.
- Floss between your teeth, making a point of agitating food particles and plaque near your gum line.
- Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
- Properly treat diabetes.
- Abstain from or limit your use of alcohol and tobacco products.
Consequences of Poor Periodontal Maintenance
Improper periodontal maintenance often results in gum disease, which can lead to severe infections and tooth loss if left untreated.
Make a point of properly brushing and flossing your teeth each day to maintain periodontal health. You should also visit your dentist, as suggested, to receive professional cleanings and inspections that are important for catching negative oral health conditions before they become serious issues.