Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
As a parent, we know your top priority is ensuring your children's health and well-being. While you may already have a good handle on their physical health, it is important...
What’s your personal oral hygiene regimen? For many of us, brushing and flossing habits are just things we pick up over time – and they’re not practices that we really think about or revisit. But taking a closer look at the way you approach your oral care could end up making a difference to your health.
A recent study showed that dental experts make different recommendations as to the most effective oral hygiene choices. Why does this happen? For one thing, there’s no set practice that is best for every patient. This ends up creating a bevy of brushing and flossing advice – and some of it is bound to be contradictory.
How can you move forward with the best possible oral hygiene? By spending some quality time with your dentist. At your next dental exam, ask Dr. Baudean or your hygienist about the state of your teeth, and what you can do to make your home care count. After all, we only see you in the office every six months; you spend hundreds of hours on your teeth at home. Make sure those hours add up to a cavity- and gingivitis-free smile.
In the meantime, read on for some tips on figuring out what ideal oral hygiene means for you.
Why do we brush and floss, anyway? It’s all done to disrupt the buildup of plaque on teeth. This sticky layer of bacteria forms throughout the day, as you eat and drink. If allowed to remain in place, it irritates the gums, and exposes the teeth to decay-causing acids.
Oral hygiene physically removes that nasty layer, leaving your teeth and gums healthy. By ensuring that your brushing and flossing are as effective as possible, you can both save time and end up with a disease-free mouth. You only need to spend a little time each day on your teeth – between 2-3 two minute brushings, and one flossing, the overall commitment is just about ten minutes.
As we mentioned earlier, you should engage in the oral hygiene that’s best for your personal dental needs. The way to learn what this means is to maintain regular exams. Our staff takes a careful look at your mouth, and is aided by professional expertise and specialized diagnostic tools. If you’re ever worried that a problem could be taking hold, don’t hesitate to schedule an exam.
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