For healthy teeth and gums, visit our dentist at Clear Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for information on nutrition and home care in Killeen, Texas. Dr. Rohini Singh can go over tips on brushing, flossing and food to keep your smile free from cavities. Call Clear Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 254-200-1893 and come to our office to learn more about dental health and nutrition.
Why Is Oral Hygiene Important?
Oral hygiene is critical in keeping your teeth healthy and enjoying them for a lifetime. Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than from cavities, and 3 out of 4 adults are affected by periodontal disease at some point in their lives. Both gum disease and tooth decay are caused by bacterial plaque. By practicing good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing, you can remove plaque from your teeth and reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities.
Brushing & Flossing
Caring for Sensitive Teeth
Your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold following a dental treatment. This sensitivity should not last long. Please remember that you need to keep your mouth clean. If the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, consult with your dentist. They may recommend special toothpaste or mouth rinses made specially for sensitive teeth.
Choosing Oral Hygiene Products
There are many oral hygiene products available for you to use. Here are a few guidelines on choosing a product that will work for you.
Electric toothbrushes are safe and effective for the majority of people who use them. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices, such as Waterpiks) will rinse your mouth thoroughly but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the oral irrigator in order to clean your mouth effectively. Some of the best electric toothbrushes are Rotadent, InerPlak® by Conair, Oral-B and Sonicare.
Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle that is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes known as interproximal toothbrushes that clean between your teeth. Discuss these options with your dentist to determine if they are right for you, and if so, how to use them properly.
Fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses can reduce tooth decay by up to 40 percent. These rinses are not recommended for children under 6 years of age. When choosing a toothpaste and mouth rinse, check for brands approved by the American Dental Association® (ADA). You may also want to consult with your dentist about the best type of mouth rinse for you.
Professional Dental Cleanings
While daily brushing and flossing will keep plaque and calculus to a minimum, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for professional dental cleanings. These regular check-ups remove calculus and plaque in areas that are difficult to reach or that your toothbrush and floss may have missed. This helps minimize your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. You should visit the dental office every six months for this routine preventive care.
For more information about oral hygiene and to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.