Following correct dental hygiene practices is essential to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. When you neglect to have your teeth professionally cleaned, you are putting yourself at risk for developing gum disease, which can cause irreparable tooth loss. This can also lead to other issues, ranging from loss of self-confidence, expensive surgical procedures or serious medical complications. Numerous people die every year from an untreated tooth infection.
A complete tooth cleaning routine requires both in office, professional cleanings as well as consistent hygiene practices at home. Regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent gingivitis and gum disease from appearing. Staving off the formation of plaque, or bacteria, from forming a full film on teeth and preventing the accumulation of tartar are of utmost importance to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Professional Dental Care
A Kansas City, MO dental hygienist at the office of Dr. James R. Anderson can help you get on track or stay on track so you are sure to practice healthy and correct oral hygiene practices. One of the biggest concerns affecting the general population is periodontal disease. Through processes called scaling and root planning, your dental team at Dr. Anderson’s office can remove the bacteria and tartar from your teeth and create a healthier oral environment. Follow up treatment is crucial for success.
Dental Care at Home
Preventative measures are much easier and much more comfortable than getting rid of serious gum disease once it sets in. Brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing regularly are crucial for keeping gingivitis and gum disease at bay.
While you may have learned to brush your own teeth at a very young age, you may not have learned to do so properly. To effectively clean your teeth, you will want to first use circular strokes around the front surfaces of your teeth. Next, tilt your brush to a forty-five degree angle to reach your gum line. Be sure to reach your molars and don’t rush through the process. Being harsh and dragging the brush violently across the teeth and gum-line will do more harm than good, so be gentle and consistent. Using a soft toothbrush with a smaller head will help you accomplish this goal.
Between the teeth and along the gums is where gum disease is most often found. Flossing can reduce this risk. Use enough floss to effectively clean your entire mouth (approximately 18 inches), wrapping the ends around the middle fingers of each hands and using a cleaning section for in between and around each and every tooth. When flossing use the motion of a shoeshine to effectively remove the plaque and bacteria that have accumulated in the surfaces of the teeth.
Do not press the floss too harshly into your gums or you can damage the gum tissue. Instead, use gentle back and forth movements to dislodge any stuck food and remove bacteria.
The expert dental team at Dr. Anderson’s office can help you master brushing and flossing techniques as well as provide you with product recommendations to help maintain your oral health.