Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
What your dentist in Thorp, Wisconsin wants you to know about keeping your smile beautiful
When someone smiles at you, do you notice their teeth? If you see a beautiful smile, chances are the person is keeping good oral hygiene habits. People notice your smile too. That’s why it’s important to take care of your smile. So what exactly are good oral hygiene habits? Dr. Jon LaFlamme at Thorp Dental Center in Thorp, Wisconsin wants to share how you can keep your smile beautiful and strong.
The goal of a good oral hygiene regimen is simple, to remove plaque thoroughly and regularly. Plaque is made up of millions of harmful bacteria. If the bacteria are allowed to remain on teeth for a period of time, the bacteria combine with the foods you eat and can cause tooth decay, gum and periodontal disease. Plaque directly causes the destruction of the soft and hard tissues in your mouth.
So now that you know the goal of good oral hygiene, you need to know how to take care of your smile. Fortunately, it doesn’t require much time and it’s easy. You begin by:
Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste; remember to brush after meals and before you go to bed. Use a gentle circular motion to brush each surface of each tooth and along the gumline.
Floss your teeth at least once daily, making sure to wrap the floss around the round part of each tooth as you floss. This technique helps guide the floss down the tooth surface as it reaches deep in between each tooth.
Be sure to schedule a visit with Dr. LaFlamme for an exam and x-rays once each year. You should also visit the dental hygienist at least twice each year for a professional cleaning, more often if you have periodontal disease.
When you make a commitment to keeping good oral hygiene habits, you are making a commitment to your continuing good health. The health of your mouth is vital to the health of your body. For more information about oral hygiene and other dental issues, call Dr. Jon LaFlamme at Thorp Dental Center serving Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Gilman, Greenwood, Owen, Stanley, Thorp, Withee, and surrounding Wisconsin communities. Take the first step and call today!