Why good oral hygiene is important in preventing infection from dental plaque in Palm Beach Gardens
Gum disease is a dental infection caused by plaque around the soft tissue inside the mouth. It starts as gingivitis, a mild swelling of the gums that can be corrected with proper oral hygiene, but without treatment, it can progress to periodontitis, which can lead to loss of teeth and other health concerns.
These dental infections are usually avoidable with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. These tips can help ensure you keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Brushing should be done at least twice daily, in the morning and evening, for at least two minutes each time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and make sure to brush every surface of each tooth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle to the teeth. With the bristles pointed toward the gum line, use small, gentle strokes. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene, and the step that is most frequently skipped. Flossing cleans areas that are impossible to reach with a toothbrush. Avoid super fine flosses as they can cut the gums.
Choose high quality toothpaste and avoid those that are too abrasive, such as whitening pastes. You only need a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea). If you need recommendations, we can provide them.
Mouthwash should not be considered a substitute for brushing, but it is a great addition.
Twice yearly dental exams are important in the prevention of periodontal disease. During your cleaning, the hygienist can clean areas that regular brushing and flossing do not reach. During exams, we are able to detect any oral conditions at their earliest onset.
If you are in Palm Beach Gardens, call us at (855) 883-0355 to learn more about keeping your mouth healthy.
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