Oral Hygiene in Twin Falls, ID
At the office of Mark W. Wright, DDS, our first priority is providing you with knowledge and care that helps keep your mouth free from decay and disease. Maintaining a healthy smile between dental visits requires a commitment to good oral hygiene at home. Patients who integrate preventative habits into their oral health care routines are often able to avoid complications, such as periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss.
How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease?
- Gently brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Remember to brush the front and back of every tooth as well as all chewing surfaces. Brushing your tongue removes the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Electric toothbrushes are preferable to traditional brushes because their rapid oscillating motion loosens plaque and debris in areas manual toothbrushes cannot reach.
- Floss every day to remove plaque along and beneath the gumline. Floss thoroughly, but not so aggressively that your gums hurt or bleed. If you do experience sensitivity or bleeding on a regular basis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright as these conditions may indicate an underlying problem.
- Limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
- Avoid smoking and the use of chewing tobacco. These habits not only damage your teeth, they put you at risk for gum disease and oral cancer.
Why Is Oral Hygiene So Important?
Neglecting your oral hygiene can take a toll on your overall health. Periodontal disease occurs when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth due to a lack of proper care. Deep pockets form along the gumline that harbor bacteria. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the inflammation associated with periodontal disease may exacerbate existing conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Bacterial growth in the mouth, if it remains unchecked, may even spread to the lungs, causing respiratory problems.
Practicing good oral hygiene at home is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, no amount of brushing and flossing can replace the preventative benefits of a professional cleaning and exam. Dental hygienists have specialized tools and skills that allow them to achieve a deeper, more thorough cleaning than you can get by simply brushing and flossing.
Valerie Steinmetz, our friendly registered dental hygienist, has been practicing at our office for more than ten years. During your visit, Valerie will use her expertise and gentle touch to:
- Conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, looking for signs of oral disease
- Take x-rays, if necessary
- Gently remove tartar and plaque using specialized tools and techniques
- Perform fluoride treatments and apply sealants as needed
- Answer oral health-related questions and make recommendations
By practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling regular dental exams, you greatly reduce your risk of needing costly, time-consuming treatments down the road. If you have questions about oral hygiene, or if it’s been too long since your last visit, please call the office of Mark W. Wright, DDS, to schedule an appointment.