By James L. Pyle, DDS
May 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Woman brushing her teethWhat your dentist in Durham wants you to know about good oral hygiene

When you see people who are afraid to smile because of broken, damaged, or decayed teeth, chances are they have not kept good oral hygiene habits. The truth is the oral hygiene regimen you practice at home is the most important part of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. If you haven’t been keeping good oral hygiene habits, it’s never too late to start! Dr. James Pyle in Durham, NC, can help you maintain your smile with good oral hygiene habits.

The goal of an excellent oral hygiene program is getting rid of the plaque which clings to your teeth. The white, sticky film called plaque is actually alive with millions of harmful bacteria. If you don’t remove the plaque, bacteria produce toxins which destroy the soft tissue (your gums) and the hard tissue (your teeth and supporting bone) causing tooth decay, gum, and periodontal disease.

You can remove plaque by:

Brushing your teeth after meals and before bed; always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Use a gentle, circular movement to clean all surfaces of all of your teeth and along the gumline. Don’t apply a lot of pressure, especially along the gumline. You can also use an electric or sonic toothbrush if you wish.

Floss your teeth every day; you can use either waxed or unwaxed floss or floss picks, whichever you prefer. Remember to wrap around each tooth as you go down in between the teeth. This helps the floss stay against the tooth surface in order to remove more plaque.

Remember to visit your dentist for a yearly exam, including x-rays. Your dentist can detect and diagnose dental issues before they become painful dental problems. You should also visit your dental hygienist at least every six months, more often if you require periodontal therapy. Your dental hygienist will monitor the health of your gums and supporting bone, clean hard and soft deposits from your teeth, and provide vital tools and education on how to keep your smile looking great.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and every minute you spend will produce big rewards for a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information about good oral hygiene habits and other dental topics, call Dr. Pyle in Durham, NC, today!