Good oral hygiene--does the thought of it make you yawn? Well, people who pay careful attention to how they brush and floss can yawn, laugh, and smile without fear of showing an unhealthy, unattractive smile. At Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA your dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, really cares about at-home preventive care. It builds on his in-office services so you can flash your best possible smile.
What are good oral hygiene habits?
The American Dental Association says that everyone--children through adults in their senior years--should brush twice a day and floss daily. Without careful brushing and flossing, teeth and gums collect harmful oral bacteria contained in sticky plaque and hard tartar. These two substances are the basis for tooth decay, gum disease and eventually, tooth loss.
Your Gainesville dentist wants you to avoid tooth loss, keep your smile bright and enjoy healthy gums and the vibrant systemic health. As such, he and his dental team finish what you begin at home with semi-annual oral examinations and thorough hygienic cleanings which remove the plaque and tartar you may miss at home.
Then, there's diet
It's part of oral hygiene, too. Of course, we all know that sugar and carbs decay our teeth. What you may not know, though, is that daily water intake is an important, tooth-friendly habit. Tap water contains decay-fighting fluoride, and any water--tap or bottled--helps:
- Moisturize gums and other soft oral tissues
- Wash teeth and gums clean
- Produce saliva with its vital antibacterial action
Additionally, be sure to add high-protein meats, fish and poultry to your diet, as well as several servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. This "roughage" stimulates and exercises both jaw bone and gum tissue and scrapes tooth surfaces clean. And, don't forget to boost your calcium intake with hard cheeses, yogurt and milk. They're good for your bones, too.
Finally, come to the office
Patients should receive oral examinations and cleanings twice a year. Listen especially to what your hygienist tells you about how to brush and floss effectively. She may recommend special floss, mouth rinses, sealants or fluoride treatments, depending on your unique needs.
Also, did you know you should replace your toothbrush every two to three months, after a cold or flu or whenever it looks or feels worn? Proper hygiene tools really help you do a good job as you brush and floss.
Find out more
Your oral health is so important. So learn and practice good oral hygiene, and keep those strong teeth and gums for life. Call Heritage Hunt Dental today for your six-month cleaning appointment: (704) 754-5800.