Don’t underestimate the importance of maintaining proper dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly, along with regular dental check ups and professional cleanings, are vital to a bright, clean smile.
Good oral hygiene is more than just brushing your teeth. To keep your teeth and gums in top condition, your hygiene routine should include brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and seeing the dentist at least twice a year. If you have good teeth now and do not do all of these things, you cannot expect your good oral health to last.
Some people have good oral health by luck or by nature, especially when they are young. But without proper care, your teeth are highly likely to develop problems as time goes by. Unless you don’t eat, you will have food particles left behind. These particles contain sugars that allow bacteria to feed and grow. This creates plaque, and if plaque is not removed, it hardens and becomes tartar. Once that happens, you’ll need to go to the dentist to have the tartar scraped off. Not taking care of your gums at all will eventually lead to tooth loss.
If you do brush your teeth twice a day but don’t floss, you’re leaving food particles behind. No toothbrush can completely remove particles that get caught between teeth. You should also practice oral hygiene habits like chewing gum or sipping water with meals, to help wash away food particles.
So maybe you brush twice a day, floss, and keep those food particles away. Unfortunately, you could still get gum disease. Gum disease happens to people who take care of their teeth and gums, sometimes because of illness, or as a side effect of medications, and sometimes because gum disease runs in their family. Regular dental checkups at least once a year, and preferably twice, will allow the dentist to catch gum disease at its earliest stage; before you notice symptoms yourself. When gum disease is caught this early, it can be easily treated with a simple cleaning.
Regular dental checkups can also provide you with professional cleaning and fluoride treatments. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. You should also brush with fluoride toothpaste. Extra fluoride may be recommended by the dentist in the form of in-office fluoride treatments or the use of fluoride mouth rinse.
The best way to start a routine of good oral hygiene is to call for a consultation appointment and checkup. If you already have dental problems, the sooner you get them treated the easier the treatment will be. If you have good teeth and gums, starting a routine for regular care can keep them healthy for life.