Importance Of Oral Hygiene
The health care community widely recognizes the link between healthy bodily functions and oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene helps you prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease, which has recently become one of the most common dental diseases. In fact, an average of three out of four adults are likely to be affected with periodontal disease at some point in their lives. The best way to prevent it is regularly maintaining oral health, brushing, and flossing.
Bacterial plaque causes decay and periodontal disease by forming a colorless sticky film on the surface of the teeth and along the gum line. The acids produced by bacterial plaque can cause gingivitis, cavities and destroy tooth enamel. Therefore, a dental examination is necessary for maintaining oral health.
How to Maintain a Healthy Dental Routine?
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Oral health is the window to your overall well-being. We recommend simple everyday activities that help you protect your oral health and maintain good oral hygiene.
Our experts at Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard recommend using a medium to a soft toothbrush. We also recommend that you position your toothbrush at the angle where the teeth and gums meet, avoid brushing your teeth too harshly to prevent damage to the gums, and use gentle circular motions when brushing your teeth.
Brushing must not feel uncomfortable or painful. So, use light pressure and clean both the inside and the outside surface of your teeth in the same direction. You can also hold your brush at a vertical angle when cleaning the inside surfaces of the lower and upper front teeth. Use gentle circular strokes.
At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, we recommend changing the positions of the brush to reach all surfaces and thoroughly cleaning the biting surfaces of the teeth to prevent plaque. You can possibly brush the Infront of a mirror to ensure you have covered all sides and surfaces. Once you are done brushing, vigorously rinse off the debris to get rid of all plaque you have loosened with brushing.
Your toothbrush cannot reach everywhere, and this is why bacterial plaque makes its way into our gums and teeth and causes periodontal disease.
Flossing is an effective method of cleaning between the lining of the gums and removing any debris or food particles stuck between our teeth. However, it requires that you use a proper technique.
When you start flossing, follow this method:
- Remove about 6 inches of floss and wrap it in between your fingers, leaving two inches worth of floss to work with.
- Slip the floss between your teeth, curve it in a C shape, and move it in a back-and-forth motion.
- Slide the floss between the tooth and gum to the point where you feel a slight resistance. We recommend using a mirror if you are flossing for the first time.
- Move the floss in an upward and downward direction while maintaining gentle pressure. Don’t be too harsh; otherwise, you might cut the gum tissue.
- Once the floss is soiled, switch to the other side of the tooth and remove all debris from it as well.
- Use your forefingers to guide the floss when cleaning your bottom teeth, and remember to clean both your upper and lower teeth.
- Once you are done flossing, brush your teeth to remove all food particles and plaque.
It is common for gums to become sore or start bleeding when you first start flossing. You can avoid this by not pressing or pinching the gum too harshly when you first start flossing.
Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard recommend flossing at least once a day to stimulate gum tissues and remove plaque regularly.
How to Take Care of Sensitive Teeth?
Dental treatment can cause sensitivity, which generally lasts only for a few days if good oral hygiene is maintained. Other reasons for sensitivity include poor oral hygiene, diet, or gum diseases.
If left untreated, sensitivity can increase and prevent you from enjoying food. If your teeth feel hot and cold, consult your doctor to diagnose the cause of sensitivity. Mild sensitivity can be treated with medicated toothpaste and improving dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals.
Choosing Products for Oral Hygiene
The variety of dental products available on the market can make it overwhelming and confusing to choose between products. As professionals, we do our best to educate our patients about products that will have the highest utility for them. Some of these recommendations include:
- Automatic electronic toothbrushes are effective for thorough cleansing.
- Oral irrigators support deep rinsing but are inadequate as a stand-alone method of removing plaque. Always use oral irrigators with a brush and floss to ensure you have removed all the plaque from your teeth and gums.
- Toothbrushes with a rubber tip can help stimulate gums after brushing. However, interproximal toothbrushes can injure gums if not used properly.
- You can prevent tooth decay and cavities up to 40% by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, regular flossing, and vigorous rinsing. We do not recommend mouth rinses for children under the age of 6.
- Please note that a toothpaste designed to control tartar cannot reach below the gum line. Individuals already affected with early-stage periodontal disease cannot fully combat tartar with just brushing.
- The American Dental Association has approved anti-plaque rinses containing special agents that control early-stage gum disease when used in conjunction with flossing and brushing.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Healthy oral hygiene can prevent calculus from growing; however, you will require professional dental cleaning to reach surfaces that dental floss and toothbrushes cannot. Regular dental examination and dental cleaning can also help you prevent gum disease and maintain healthy teeth.
Please contact Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard for more information about your dental cleaning services.