Library Plaza Dental is dedicated to providing excellent dental care that enables our patients to enjoy good dental health their whole lives. We provide general dental care that includes checkups, cleanings and fillings, but we also go the extra mile to make sure that you have a smile that will reflect your concern for your appearance and general health. Part of our role is to educate our patients on the best habits to cultivate to ensure a great smile. Two of the best habits to practice are brushing after every meal and flossing daily. To learn some helpful tips about these two topics, keep reading.
Tooth Brushing Tips
Even something as basic as brushing can bear brushing up on (pun intended). The first thing is to make sure your toothbrush is the right tool for the job. One mistake people make is to use a toothbrush that is too big for their mouths. If you have a large mouth, yes, a large toothbrush is appropriate, but if your mouth is average or small sized, choose a smaller toothbrush so you can reach all the nooks and crannies with ease. You should always choose a soft toothbrush and replace it every six months, or after an illness or cold sore. Remember that you are using a toothbrush, not a tooth scrubber. Brush your teeth gently being sure to angle your brush so that the tips of the bristles reach below the gumline. If you brush too aggressively, you can damage the enamel, the top layer of your tooth that protects your tooth.
Flossing Your Teeth Properly
Flossing your teeth is one of the best habits you can have to ensure your teeth’s good health. To be more precise, flossing protects your teeth and gums. The goal of flossing is to clean your teeth below the gumline. The number one reason to do this is to prevent gum disease. When food particles sit under the gum line, they irritate the gum, which becomes inflamed. This is gingivitis and causes your gums to be red, swollen and to bleed. This is the warning signal that action needs to be taken. Call your Library Plaza Dentist if you notice these symptoms along your gumline. If left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.
For any of our general dentistry services or cosmetic service, call for a consultation appointment.