Taking time to care for your smile at home, and making time to see us for regular checkup and cleaning visits, can keep major oral health concerns at bay, and also keep your smile bright and beautiful. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about the importance of a good oral hygiene routine, and when to see us for treatment!
The Impact of Bacteria and Plaque Buildup
Over time, certain harmful oral bacteria in our mouth will break down and consume the particles of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we’ve consumed. In the process, they coat the teeth in plaque buildup, which irritates and inflames the gums and weakens tooth enamel with time. The result is a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath, teeth stains, and other serious issues. Which is why good oral hygiene habits both at home and in our office are so essential for each and every member of your family.
Brushing and Flossing
Kids and adults alike need to brush and floss daily to remove stray food particles and limit the severity of plaque buildup in between your dental cleaning visits. Everyone should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride to clean their teeth in the morning and again at night, for about two minutes each session. Kids three and under need a rice sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, while everyone else needs a pea sized amount. Flossing is essential as soon as there are teeth sitting side by side, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot reach.
What we eat is important too! With a healthy diet, you don’t provide harmful oral bacteria with the regular supply of sugar and starch that could encourage tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of sugar and starch, try eating more foods and drinks high in vitamin C and D, so you also strengthen your teeth and gums, and your heart too!
Checkups and Cleanings
A checkup and cleaning every six months are beneficial for kids two and older, as well as teens and adults. You should see us at least twice a year for a checkup, so we monitor your smile and watch for the earliest signs of trouble. We will also clean the teeth in the same visit, removing the harmful plaque and tartar buildup completely and polishing the teeth.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR SMILE
With care at home and in our office, you can enjoy strong and healthy smiles. If you would like to find out more about maintaining good oral health, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.