Oral Hygiene Best Practices in Delray Beach, FL
When you think of “oral hygiene”, you probably think of clean teeth. While that is certainly part of good oral health and hygiene, it doesn’t encompass the whole big picture. Good oral hygiene habits start with brushing regularly and flossing on a daily basis, plus making regularly scheduled dental appointments as well. So, what else can you do to practice good oral hygiene habits? Let’s take a look…
What is good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene leads to good oral health. A mouth free of disease and infection means a mouth free of gingivitis, oral cancer, cavities and much more. If you have oral infections or diseases, they may end up leading to more complicated overall health risks, such as diabetes and heart disease. So, good hygiene can lead to great overall health.
Why is good oral hygiene important?
As stated above, it leads to good overall health. After all, the mouth is the gateway to the body, right? With this said, there are more adults over the age of 35 that lose their teeth to gum disease than from cavities alone. The best way to prevent this, as well as tooth decay and other issues is by practicing good hygiene habits, which means brushing and flossing daily to help remove plaque and germ build up on the teeth.
What is the best way to brush my teeth?
We recommend brushing for at least 2 minutes, twice a day to get the best results. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth gently, especially along the gum line. Do not neglect the inside surfaces of your teeth. Many patients come in to our office with great looking teeth on the outer surface, but lurking inside are signs of poor brushing, or lack thereof. The best use your toothbrush to clean well is to use a 45 degree angle, making sure you reach all the way to your back teeth.
What is the best way to floss my teeth?
Daily flossing is recommended as the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
- Take 12-18 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle or index fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between the hands.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, insert it between the teeth while using a sawing motion.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline while gently moving the floss up and down, cleaning the sides of each tooth.
If you have any questions or concerns about good hygiene practices, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a hygiene visit with one of our dental professionals, please call us at 561-495-2099, or visit our contact page for more information. We look forward to helping you achieve great oral health and a smile to fit your lifestyle!