Caring for your teeth at home is critical to your long-term health. At Whole Dental Wellness, our Roseville and Birmingham specialist-led dental team is committed to helping you optimize your oral health so you can be the healthiest version of you.
This doesn’t mean just a healthier mouth, but a healthier whole you! Remember, periodontitis is caused by bacteria that collect underneath the gums. It is critical that you remove this plaque to prevent re-occurrence of disease. The key to long-term success is optimal at-home oral hygiene and regular periodontal maintenance appointments. No matter how successful your periodontal treatment has been, without adequate follow-up the disease with recur. It is up to you to take responsibility for your own dental health.
Brushing and flossing are the two keys to achieving optimal oral hygiene. It is recommended that your brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day and floss daily. Although most people do brush their teeth, few do it correctly.
The toothbrush should be positioned at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and moved in a small circular motion, allowing the bristles to slide into the cuff of the gum tissue and massage the gums. A scrubbing, “back and forth” motion is not recommended, as it may cause gum recession. Electric brushes have been shown to be more efficient than manual brushes at removing dental bacteria due to their ease of use. However, they must be used properly and do not replace the need for dental floss.
Clean between your teeth
There are several places in your mouth that a toothbrush cannot easily reach. However, if you are like most people, flossing is more difficult and is not performed as often as it should be. This is a problem as typically, periodontitis begins between the teeth in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. Mouthwashes do not replace the need for flossing.
Remember, flossing and cleaning between your teeth is a key step on the road to healthy gums. While good flossing technique takes practice, once mastered, it should take you only 2 to 3 minutes a day. There are several other aids available to help you clean between your teeth in places a toothbrush typically cannot reach. These include small brushes that fit in between your teeth (proxy brushes) and floss aids. Talk to our Birmingham dentists at Whole Dental Wellness, today!
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