Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Poor oral hygiene can cause painful dental problems. Luckily, caring for your teeth only requires a few minutes of your time. Cincinnati, OH, dentist, Dr. Warren Gase, explains how you benefit from good oral hygiene habits and shares a few tips.
More than just fresh breath
Brushing and flossing helps keep your breath fresh, but also offers these important benefits:
- Lower Cavity Risk: Brushing and flossing removes plaque, a sticky film that coats teeth. Plaque contains bacteria, which is a chief factor in tooth decay.
- Prevention of Gum Disease: Tartar, a hard deposit, develops on your teeth if you don't remove plaque. Tartar causes gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss if it's not successfully treated. Removing plaque from your teeth daily prevents plaque from turning into tartar.
Does your oral hygiene routine make the grade?
Are you taking oral hygiene shortcuts? You might be if you don't:
- Brush for Two Minutes Twice Each Day: It takes a minimum of two minutes to get the surfaces of your teeth clean and plaque free.
- Floss Daily: Do you floss every day? Since plaque builds up on your teeth every day, it's important to make flossing a daily habit. Brushing alone won't remove plaque from the spaces between teeth.
- Brush Correctly: Position the brush head at a 45-degree angle and use short strokes, concentrating on each tooth individually. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are the best choice. Hard bristles can erode your enamel and damage your gums.
- Perfect Your Flossing Technique: Wrap 18 to 24 inches of floss around your middle fingers, leaving about three inches free between your fingers. Slide the floss between two teeth, move it up and down a few times, and then wrap it around the base of your teeth and gently clean the area where your gums meet the bottoms of your teeth. If your mouth is small, it may be hard to reach your back teeth easily. Floss picks, available at drugstores, can make the job easier.
- Visit the Dentist Every Six Months: In addition to a dental examination, you'll also receive a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Your Cincinnati dentist has special instruments to remove tartar from teeth. If you skip a few visits, you may just increase your risk of gum disease.
Protect your smile with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Call your Cincinnati, OH, dentist, Dr. Gase, at (513) 931-3001 to make your appointment.