Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
What your dentist in McDonough, GA wants you to know
There are many people out there with damaged smiles. If you look around, you can see tooth damage, dental decay and bright red gums. Chances are, the people with damaged smiles haven’t kept good oral hygiene habits. Thankfully, you can avoid a damaged smile and keep your smile looking great by following a good oral hygiene program. It’s easier than you think and Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA wants to help you take good care of your smile.
The goal of your oral hygiene program is simple; it’s to remove bacterial plaque as frequently and completely as you can. Plaque contains many millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins that can destroy the hard and soft tissues of your mouth including your gums and teeth.
The ways to remove plaque are also simple. A good oral hygiene program doesn’t have to take a big chunk of time out of your day. In fact you should be able to thoroughly clean your mouth in just a few minutes each day. You should:
- Brush your teeth each time you eat and before you go to bed. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your teeth and gums. Always use toothpaste with fluoride to protect your tooth enamel. Brush in a gentle circular motion along the gumline and the surfaces of your teeth.
- Floss every day at least once. You can use a single piece of floss or floss picks, whichever you prefer. Remember to guide the floss in between each tooth, wrapping around each tooth surface.
Your oral hygiene routine wouldn’t be complete without regular visits to your dentist every year for a dental exam and x-rays, and your dental hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning. You can’t take care of your smile alone. For more information about oral hygiene and other cosmetic and family dental issues call Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA today!