Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Preventing Gum Disease

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for preventing gum disease. Adults over the age of 35 often lose more teeth to gum diseases than cavities. Here are some important steps to help prevent gum disease:

  1. Daily Thorough Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using proper technique. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Use small, gentle circular motions and make sure to clean all tooth surfaces.

  2. Flossing Techniques: Flossing is essential for removing plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Use about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your fingers. Gently insert the floss between your teeth and curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Move the floss up and down to clean both tooth surfaces in each space.

  3. Regular Professional Examinations and Cleanings: Even with diligent home dental care, professional intervention is necessary to prevent the progression of gum disease. Schedule regular dental check-ups to have your teeth examined, professionally cleaned, and receive necessary treatments.

  4. Avoid Tobacco Usage: Smoking or using tobacco products significantly increases the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. Quitting or avoiding tobacco can improve the health of your gums and overall well-being.

  5. Manage Stress: Stress can affect your oral health by contributing to teeth grinding and clenching. These habits can damage the gums and lead to gum disease. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to a professional.

  6. Be Aware of Medications: Some medications can affect gum health as a side effect. Consult with your healthcare provider or dentist about any medications you are taking and their potential impact on your oral health.

  7. Maintain Good Nutrition: A balanced diet is essential for overall health, including the health of your gums. Proper nutrition provides the necessary vitamins and minerals for strong teeth and gums. Limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you have any questions or concerns about oral hygiene or need to schedule a consultation, please contact us at the provided phone numbers or request an appointment online. Our dental professionals are here to help you maintain optimal oral health.

Caring for Sensitive Teeth

If you experience sensitivity in your teeth, especially after dental treatment, there are steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort:

  1. Maintain Cleanliness: Keep your mouth clean by practicing good oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing can help reduce sensitivity.

  2. Use Specialized Products: Consider using a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse designed for sensitive teeth. These products can help reduce sensitivity and provide relief.

  3. Consult with Your Doctor: If your teeth are particularly sensitive, consult with your dentist or healthcare provider. They may recommend specific treatments or further evaluation to address the issue.

By following these guidelines and seeking professional advice, you can effectively manage tooth sensitivity and improve your overall oral health.