Oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of our life when it comes to maintaining overall health. It is said that the mouth is the gateway of the body, and rightly so. The food we eat, oral hygiene we maintain, and oral habits we practice have a direct impact on our overall health.
Importance of oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing the teeth twice a day, every day, can have a huge impact on your oral health. It prevents the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which are regarded as the major cause of gum diseases and other oral infections. In fact, among individuals aged 35 and more, more people lose teeth to gum diseases than cavities.
How to brush and floss
All of us brush our teeth, but are we doing it the right way? Always choose a soft-medium toothbrush so that it doesn’t have an abrasive effect against the soft tissues of the mouth. The toothpaste must be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and should be rich in fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that is supplied to the body by the drinking water and toothpaste, and is mainly responsible for providing protection against cavity-causing microbes.
The toothbrush must be held at an angle of 45-degrees and moved in a circular manner in order to remove the food debris that’s stuck in between the teeth and near the gum line. Make sure you brush vertically as well so that the plaque and other particles are gotten rid of. Most people ignore the inner teeth and the posterior surfaces of the incisors and canines, which promotes the accumulation of plaque on them. Use gentle strokes of the brush in these regions to remove the microbes and to prevent the abrasion of the soft tissues.
When it comes to flossing, it helps a great deal in removing the microbes from the places where the tooth bristles can’t enter. Hold the piece of floss in both hands and wrap the ends around the middle fingers to get a good grip. Insert it between the teeth and gently scrub the side walls, all the way until it reaches the gum line. Be careful not to cut the gums while doing so. Do the same to all the teeth and rinse your mouth at the end.
Professional oral cleaning includes procedures to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and roots. Scaling is one such procedure, where the dentist uses an ultrasonic scaling device to dislodge the tartar deposits and washes it off with a jet of water. Root planing is a similar procedure, but the difference is that it is performed on the root surfaces. Local anesthesia may be used in this case to prevent pain and discomfort.
Call us at (630) 897-1300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim and discuss your oral cleaning treatment.