Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Your Top Priority

Adults over thirty-five years of age lose a greater number of teeth to periodontal diseases than they do to cavities. Three quarters of adults suffer from periodontal diseases at some stage in their life. To stop gum diseases from occurring, it is wise to use preventative care strategies. The most effective method is to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly every day.

Bacterial plaque is the cause of decay and periodontal disease. Plaque is an invisible film that adheres to the teeth on the gum line. This substance constantly develops on the teeth. By flossing and brushing thoroughly each day, you can eliminate this bacteria and help stop periodontal disease.

Brushing Techniques

Doctor Huelsman advises patients to use a medium to soft toothbrush. This makes it simpler to get rid of plaque under the gum line. Also, you should brush at a forty-five degree angle in a pattern. Brushing should be performed at least twice daily — once after breakfast and once before bedtime.

Flossing Techniques

Normally, periodontal disease occurs in the area between the teeth that the toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is an effective way of removing plaque from these surfaces. Nonetheless, it is vital to observe the correct technique. Take a piece of dental floss and wind it up with your index fingers (not too tightly). Put an inch of floss between your fingers, so you can manipulate it easily. Floss in an up and down motion, not in a sawing motion.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Flossing and brushing each day will dramatically reduce dental calculus, however a professional dental clean will eliminate calculus in areas your floss and toothbrush have missed. Arranging an appointment at our practice is a key part of your strategy to stop periodontal disease. Make sure your teeth last you for life.