Your Dentist in Carrollton Discusses Good Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene isn’t only important for the sake of your smile, but for your general health as well. The bacteria in your mouth that can lead to gum disease have been linked to a number of systemic illnesses including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, the condition of your mouth can have a direct impact on your well being. For this reason, Dr. Capua, your dentist in Carrollton wants to make sure you understand what’s involved in maintaining good oral hygiene. Read on to find out more about this important topic.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Capua and her team would like to see you at least twice each year for dental checkups. At these visits, we methodically clean each and every one of your teeth, removing surface stains so your smile is immediately cleaner and brighter.
We also clear away plaque and tartar, the two precursors to gum disease. Plaque is a sticky clear film where bacteria hide. Daily brushing and flossing can remove plaque. If present, however, tartar can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Tartar is calcified plaque that hardens along the gum line. Left alone, tartar allows trapped bacteria to invade and infect your gums and the underlying bone tissue. And these same bacteria can make their way into your blood and respiratory systems, carrying disease to other parts of the body.
Oral Hygiene at Home
As comprehensive as teeth cleaning is in our office, your preventive dentist in Carrollton needs your help to ensure the year-round health of your smile. There are many, many days in between your visits to our office so the oral hygiene routine you perform at home is critically important. Most people know they need to brush their teeth twice every day and floss at least once a day. To make your brushing and flossing more effective, we recommend the following:
- Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Select fluoride toothpaste
- Brush for at least two minutes at a time
- Move methodically around your mouth, so you don’t miss any tooth surfaces
- Floss up and down and back and forth
- Guide floss all the way to the gum line
Eat a Healthy Diet
Another habit that can help maintain good oral hygiene is eating a healthy diet. Be sure to include a variety of calcium-rich foods such as milk, yogurt, hard cheeses and broccoli to strengthen tooth enamel. Avoid sugar-filled treats and beverages that feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth. And finally, if you’re a smoker—and we hope you’re not—quit smoking to help the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health.
Contact Our Office Today
Dr. Capua and her staff in Carrollton are committed to providing outstanding dental health care for you and your family. Call our office today to schedule a dental checkup.