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Dental Hygiene

A woman practicing great Dental Hygiene in Hood RiverThe American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth daily, as well as have regular dental cleanings and exams. You hear these recommendations all of the time. However, how often do you follow them? Often, despite the ADA recommendations, many people do not brush as often as they should, skip out on flossing, or do not have regular dental checkups. They believe that if their mouth feels fine, then everything is fine. The problem with this belief is that many dental issues start out without any noticeable symptoms. Dental hygiene is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Bruce Burton, DMD, can help.

Why is Dental Hygiene So Important?

There are several components in your mouth, each with their essential functions and responsibilities. The teeth allow you to bite and chew food, control the flow of air when you speak, and also play a role in the quality of your smile. The gums protect the roots of the teeth, sealing out harmful bacteria and other debris. They also play a role in the quality of your smile as well. Your jawbone not only maintains your facial shape, but it also plays a part in eating and speaking.

Taking good care of your whole mouth is necessary for protecting the health of your mouth, preventing serious oral health issues, as well as protecting your overall health. When you are lax in your oral hygiene, your risk for developing serious issues such as tooth decay and gum disease greatly increases. You may suddenly be faced with severe cavities, tooth infections, tooth loss and much more. These issues can affect your appearance, as well as your confidence. They can also lead to serious health complications as well. Should bacteria enter your bloodstream, it is then free to travel around the body, contributing to problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Home Care

Much of your oral hygiene takes place at home. The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Every time you brush, you should do so for at least two full minutes. During this time, it is important that you cover all surfaces of your teeth, holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Use gentle, circular motions with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not brush too hard. This can damage your sensitive gum tissues and even wear away your enamel, leaving your teeth and gums susceptible to attack.

Along with brushing at least twice a day, the ADA recommends that you floss at least once daily as well. Wind approximately 18 inches of floss between your two middle fingers, leaving two inches between them. Move the floss gently back and forth to work it between your teeth. Scrape the floss up and down the sides of each tooth, taking care not to snap against the gums. Make sure to get between each tooth as well as behind the very back teeth. If you have trouble with regular floss, floss picks are also available.

Professional Care

Professional oral care is just as important as your home care routine. It is recommended that you have at least two dental cleanings and exams every year, spaced 6 months apart. This may not seem like much, but these visits are crucial. Cleanings are designed to remove all debris from the surfaces of your teeth, including the spaces of your mouth that you may miss regularly. Plaque, tartar, bacteria and other debris are all removed. Tartar buildup, which is a plaque that has hardened on your enamel, cannot be removed at home with a toothbrush. During your oral exams, your teeth and gums are looked at closely. X-rays may also be taken periodically to check hidden structures such as the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. Exams enable oral health issues to be spotted in their earliest stages before symptoms begin to show. With issues spotted, treatment can be delivered promptly, preventing serious issues from occurring later down the line.

Good dental hygiene not only protects the health of your mouth, preventing serious issues from occurring, but it can also protect your oral health as well. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral hygiene routine, or you are ready to schedule your cleaning and exam, call Bruce Burton, DMD, today at (541) 386-2020.

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