What your dentists in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin want you to know.
Do you want to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles? Of course you do, and it all begins with good oral hygiene. So, are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Your dentists at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise want to share what it takes to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life.
Your smile’s worst enemy is plaque. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins are strong enough to infect your gums and bone, resulting in periodontal disease. If the toxins mix with a high sugar diet, they also produce dental decay. In other words, bacterial plaque can destroy your smile.
So, the goal of a good oral hygiene program is to remove plaque thoroughly and frequently. You can do this by:
Brushing after each meal and before you go to bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium and hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause gum and tooth sensitivity and abrasion. Make sure you use a toothpaste containing fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and resist tooth decay. Use a gentle circular motion to cover all tooth surfaces and along the gumline. You can also brush your tongue, which is a place bacteria can hide.
Flossing at least once each day because it’s the only way to clean in between your teeth where most disease starts. Use waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference. Make sure you wrap around each tooth surface as you go in between the teeth. This wrapping action ensures you are cleaning the area between your teeth and gums.
Visiting your dentist for an exam and x-rays once each year and your dental hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning; you can’t take care of your dental needs all by yourself. It’s important to partner with your dental professionals to ensure the health of your smile.
If you are keeping good oral hygiene habits, that’s great! If not, it’s never too late to start. To find out more about good oral hygiene habits and other preventive dental topics call your dentists at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin today!