Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

By Prestige Dental Network
May 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneWhat your dentists in East Hartford, Hartford, and Meriden want you to know

If you aren’t brushing and flossing as often as you should, it’s never too late to start. So, what’s the big deal about brushing and flossing? The fact is keeping good oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing will help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Your dentists at Prestige Dental Network want to share how and why you should keep good oral hygiene habits. They have several convenient office locations in East Hartford, Hartford, and Meriden, CT, to serve your dental needs.

The goal of your good oral hygiene program is to remove plaque as thoroughly and frequently as you can. That’s because plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxic by-products which can destroy your smile. The toxins are responsible for tooth decay, gum, and periodontal disease and can cause loss of soft tissue, bone destruction, and tooth loss.

You can do a lot to prevent dental problems by starting a good oral hygiene program, which should include:

Brushing after meals and before you go to sleep; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clean all tooth surfaces using a gentle, circular motion. Also gently clean along the gumline, but remember not to use a lot of pressure or you can irritate your gums. You can also use an electric or sonic toothbrush if you prefer.

Flossing daily; you can use either unwaxed or waxed floss or floss picks if you prefer. You need to floss because brushing doesn’t get in between your teeth. That’s often where tooth decay, gum, and periodontal disease begin. As you floss, remember to wrap around each tooth as you go down in between teeth. This wrapping action ensures the floss stays against the side of your tooth and cleans effectively.

Regular visits to your dentist each year, and dental hygienist every six months are vital to take care of your smile, because you can’t do it alone. Your dentists at Prestige Dental Network use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and lasers to monitor the health of your smile.

Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth free of hard and soft deposits, polish your teeth, and give you all the necessary tools and information for your good oral hygiene program.

To learn more about how to keep your smile healthy and beautiful and other dental topics, call Prestige Dental Network, with offices in East Hartford, Hartford, and Meriden, CT. Call today!