Keeping Good Oral Oral Hygiene Habits

What your dentists in Yorkville want you to know

It’s easy to procrastinate when it comes to taking care of your smile. You may be wondering why you do all that brushing and flossing. oral hygieneThe truth is brushing and flossing help to prevent dental decay, periodontal disease, and the loss of your smile. Your dentists at Yorktowne Dental in Yorkville, IL, want to share the importance of keeping good oral hygiene habits.

Practicing good oral hygiene habits doesn’t just save your smile. A healthy mouth also contributes to the health of your body. It reduces your risk of:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Endocarditis
  • Stroke

The goal of your oral hygiene regimen is simple: to remove plaque and bacteria frequently and completely. The plaque clinging to your teeth contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins can eat through tough tooth enamel and cause a cavity. The toxins can also infect your gums and tissues that support your teeth, causing your teeth to become loose.

You can do a lot to prevent the need for fillings and periodontal treatment. You can also do a lot to prevent tooth loss and save your smile. A good oral hygiene regimen requires just a few simple steps.

Your dentists at Yorkville want you to remember to:

  1. Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to bed. Use a gentle circular motion to brush the teeth and along the gumline, making sure you clean all the surfaces of the teeth. You can also brush your tongue. The tongue harbors large numbers of bacteria and food residue.
  2. Use a single piece of floss to wrap around each tooth as you floss. Be sure to floss at least once each day. You can also use floss picks or threaders if you have difficulty holding on to a piece of floss.
  3. Be sure to include regular visits to your dentist for x-rays and a dental exam. You should schedule professional dental cleanings once every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease. Only your dentist can correct small dental issues so they don’t grow into large dental problems.

To learn more about keeping good oral hygiene habits, call your dentists at Yorktowne Dental in Yorkville, IL. Get started on keeping your smile healthy and beautiful by calling today!