While patients should see a dentist twice a year, the patient is responsible for cleaning and caring for the teeth and gums on a daily basis. To avoid restorative dentistry treatments that repair damage, decay, or infection, it is important for patients to practice good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Christy Savas and his team teach patients how to properly care for their teeth at home so that regular dental exams and cleanings can focus on maintenance of oral health and prevention of dental problems, rather than restoration of the teeth and gums. By using proper oral health care techniques, most patients can maintain a smile that is healthy, functional, and beautiful.
Good Oral Hygiene Habits
There are two components that are important to properly caring for the teeth: habit and technique. First and foremost, patients must make it a habit to clean the teeth on a daily basis. Oral health care should be persistent and patients should make it a priority in their daily schedule. Second, patients should focus on technique. While brushing and flossing are beneficial no matter what, by focusing on proper technique, patients can ensure that they are getting the most effective results from their oral hygiene habits. Below are some helpful tips when it comes to brushing and flossing:
- Brushing: Brushing should not only be performed daily, but multiple times a day. If brushing is not possible after each meal, patients should be sure to at least brush once in the morning and once again at night. When brushing, it is important to use firm but gentle pressure and to be sure to reach all surfaces of the teeth. Patients should also brush the gum line and the tongue.
- Flossing: Brushing can be effective in reducing the amount of bacteria and food particles, but the areas between the teeth cannot be adequately cleaned with a toothbrush alone. This is why flossing is necessary. When flossing, patients should use a string that is long enough to allow for a firm grip and maximum control of the floss. The floss should be worked between each of the teeth and up, over the top curve of each tooth, making sure to get between the teeth and the gum line.
Just as water has many benefits for a patient’s overall health, it is an important part of oral health care. Patients should drink plenty of water to maintain a clean and moist mouth. Saliva is a natural cleanser and proper hydration is important in the production of saliva. Drinking or rinsing with water can also be effective in cleaning the teeth when brushing or flossing is not possible.
Schedule an Appointment
It is important for patients to adequately and properly care for their teeth, but even the best at-home dental care cannot replace the professional care of a dentist. If you are in need of a regular dental exam or cleaning, schedule an appointment with Dr. Christy Savas at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!Leave a reply →