The benefits of good oral hygiene go far beyond a beautiful smile and fresh breath. Good oral hygiene can help prevent dental disease and have a positive effect on your entire body. It doesn’t matter how old you are, oral health is extremely important.
Good Oral Hygiene
Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Spend at least two minutes brushing, making sure you reach all areas including the inside, outside and the biting area of each tooth. After brushing, use floss to clean in between the teeth. Rinsing with mouthwash can reach the places that your toothbrush and floss cannot. It’s also important to replace your toothbrush every three months and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Regular visits to your dentist can help keep your smile beautiful and healthy and ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
Prevention through regular cleaning and dental check-ups is better for your health and your budget. New advances in technology make dental visits more effective and comfortable than ever before.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
The goal of good oral hygiene is to remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of gum disease and tooth decay. Proper oral hygiene can also help prevent or delay dental erosion.
It’s a good idea to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Sugary foods and beverages combine with harmful bacteria to form an acid that eats away at tooth enamel.
Daily cleaning of the teeth, gums and tongue combined with regular visits to your dentist can help ward off the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, bleeding gums and oral infections. Good oral hygiene also helps you avoid embarrassing situations caused by bad breath and dental disease.
Our friendly and skilled staff offers dental cleanings, check-ups and x-rays from our office in Charlottesville, VA. We can help you learn how to properly care for your teeth and gums between visits. Please contact us to set up an appointment.