Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Your Top Priority

Adults over age 35 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 practice preventive care. 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
Dr. 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 cleaning and exam will eliminate calculus in areas your floss and toothbrush have missed.

At your exam, we’ll visually inspect your teeth for plaque and other signs of decay. We’ll take digital x-rays once a year to see what’s happening on and below the surface. These x-rays allow us to instantly share digital images with you on the screen so you are better informed about the state of your dental health.

The American Dental Association recommends cleanings and exams at least twice a year.

Schedule your appointment at our practice today to stop periodontal disease and help your teeth last a lifetime!