Dr. Losin and the staff at Centennial Periodontics & Implants love building beautiful smiles. With our friendly, considerate, accommodating service, we can help you maintain excellent dental hygiene.
With this page, we hope to provide a useful, quality guide. This guide will hopefully reinforce your existing knowledge and maybe even help you learn something new.
Some Good Dental Hygiene Tips and Tricks
Good dental hygiene requires a little bit of work every day and a little bit of knowledge. It starts with healthy, functional teeth and gums and continues with good hygienic habits.
Good dental hygiene includes:
- Healthy dental habits
- Maintaining your diet
- Keeping your regularly-scheduled dental appointments
Brushing and flossing are the basics of good dental hygiene. Brushing minimizes plaque, tartar, and calculus, preventing tooth and gum disease.
Use a circular motion when brushing. Cover the tooth fronts, tops, and backs. You should brush at least twice per day for about three minutes each time. Brushing should include your tongue, gums, and much of the inner part of your mouth. Plaque can build up anywhere inside your mouth, causing bad breath and poor dental hygiene.
Rinse with a fluoride-based mouthwash, and don’t forget to swap out your toothbrush about every three to four months.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Floss every time you brush. Some patients only move the floss thread minimally between the teeth. This is good, but we want your flossing to be great. Wrap the floss thread against each side between the two teeth, and scrape away from the gum.
Keep Your Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments
Brushing and flossing may take extra time and work, but you’ll be happy you did. Good dental hygiene habits at home can mean less time in the dentist’s chair.
Depending on your dentist’s recommendations, you should attend routine checkups and cleanings about twice per year. If you haven’t been into Centennial Periodontics & Implants, we’d love the opportunity to provide you with a consultation.
We’ll perform a thorough evaluation and address any issues which could affect or improve your dental hygiene. We’ll look for long-term conditions that may be difficult to detect.
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Good dental hygiene means addressing problems quickly. If something with your teeth or gums doesn’t look or feel right, the chances are good that there’s a problem. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. The longer you wait, the faster decay can spread, causing further damage.
Going Beyond Dental Hygiene Basics
When you practice good hygiene, your teeth can last a lifetime. We can help keep your teeth looking and feeling great, but doing so may require more than just brushing and flossing.
- Gum stimulator.
A gum stimulator has a pointed rubbery head that you can quickly and easily slide between your teeth and gums. Use it after brushing and flossing. It can remove a great deal of plaque that you might have otherwise missed.
- Electric toothbrush.
An electric toothbrush can provide a more effective clean than a regular toothbrush and reduce the risk of receding gums. Centennial Periodontics & Implants can advise and recommend the highest-quality electric toothbrush brands and the best way to use them.
- Maintain a good diet.
A poor diet can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you maintain good dental hygiene, you don’t need to avoid your favorite foods. Remember that sugary, acidic foods, and drinks (such as sweets or fruit juices) can wear tooth enamel and cause cavities. Try to enjoy them in moderation.
- Smoking and tobacco.
Avoid smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco can stain your teeth and is bad for dental hygiene and overall health.
Top-Notch, Dental Hygiene
Contact Centennial Periodontics & Implants today to set up an appointment. We’ll provide unmatched professionalism and state-of-the-art technology. We’ll make sure you are comfortable and confident in our services. We’ll go over some ways you can build upon your great hygiene habits. We look forward to meeting you and seeing that smile.