Your Oral Hygiene Is a Priority
Adults in their mid-thirties are often more at risk of tooth loss due to gum disease or periodontal disease than due to cavities. Over 75% of adults will encounter periodontal decay at some point in their life. Healthy habits of brushing teeth and flossing will dramatically reduce these percentages. When performed daily, healthy habits are the front line of defense toward cavities and periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease onset is a build-up of bacterial plaque. That plaque is a film found on the teeth near the gum line. This is a natural process that occurs in everyone’s mouth. The key method towards preventing build-up is daily brushing and flossing. The elimination of germs and bacteria helps maintain a healthy mouth and ultimately prevents periodontal disease.
How to’s of Brushing Your Teeth
If you are having any pain or discomfort while brushing or flossing your teeth or if you have questions about any healthy habits, contact Redemption Dental Frisco at 972-827-8337.
- Sojourner-Critz recommends a medium bristle toothbrush.
- Find a 45 degree angle from where your teeth and gums meet.
- Brush in a circular rotation gently several rotations.
- Ensure to cover both the outside and inside portions of all teeth front to back.
- Adjust your pressure from light to medium. Do not use hard pressure; try to avoid discomfort.
- Gently brush surrounding gum tissue.
- Clean the biting surface of each tooth. Adjust your angles and pressure as needed.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any plaque or food particles loosened while brushing.
Flossing Your Teeth Is a Must
Periodontal disease will first present between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. This makes flossing crucial to effectively removing plaque from all surfaces in the mouth. It is also important to learn and use proper flossing techniques.
- Begin with a single strand of floss approximately 18” in length. (We recommend waxed floss.)
- Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger on each hand.
- Use index fingers to direct the floss.
- Clean upper teeth first.
- Hold the floss with tension between the thumb and index finger.
- Gently insert the floss between your teeth with a back-and-forth motion. (Do Not Force.)
- Bring the floss toward the gum line and tooth, feeling for gentle resistance on the floss.
- Motion the floss up and down and side to side, ensuring proper contact with both surfaces.
- Continue this process throughout the upper mouth.
- As you proceed, rotate the floss off the middle fingers it is wrapped on to expose clean floss.
- Continue this process for all teeth, both upper and lower.
- Rinse the mouth vigorously with water. This will remove excess plaque and food particles.
- Take note: A small amount of bleeding may occur. This is normal. If you are experiencing pain, stop and consult your dentist.
Your Sensitive Teeth
Many patients experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after dental treatment. This sensitivity should only be temporary. It is very important post-treatment to continue the healthy habit of keeping your mouth clean. Sensitivity may remain if proper cleaning does not occur. If your teeth continue to have sensitivity after a short period of time, consult with your dentist. Our dentist may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse to help alleviate sensitivity.
Redemption Dental Frisco Cleanings
Having our professional staff conduct a full treatment and cleaning will be a huge boost toward your overall oral health. Regular brushing and flossing, when coupled with the care provided by our amazing staff, give you the greatest opportunity for oral health. Our methods for removing calculus from all places your toothbrush and floss have missed are critical. Every visit you make to our office is a big step toward positive oral health and being able to keep your teeth intact for your entire life.