Good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. It’s also one of the dental services that is primarily done in your home. Healthy teeth not only make you look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak properly and help your overall well-being. Our hygienists also help prevent new cavities and preserve teeth that have been restored.
Brushing daily several times a day with a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) is vital. Make sure to brush before you go to bed and don’t forget to brush your tongue.
Moving the toothbrush in gentle circular strokes is the best way to remove plaque. Avoid hard brushing which can damage the soft tissue of the gums.
Flossing helps remove debris between the teeth in tight spaces and is very important in the prevention of gum disease.
Visiting Dr. Bird at least twice per year for a cleaning and dental exam is crucial in preventing serious dental problems.
Proper nutrients help protect and strengthen teeth. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water promote healthy oral care. Conversely, sugars and acidic food are damaging to teeth.
Mouthwash helps reduce the acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas, and re-mineralizes the teeth.
Other Health Benefits
Dental hygiene greatly reduces the risk of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. What many people don’t realize is that poor oral health can lead to:
– heart disease
– respiratory disease
Each of these conditions are scientifically linked to poor oral health. Good oral health promotes good physical health and the prevention of these awful diseases.
Preventative dentistry, CEREC crowns, implants, and cosmetic dentistry by Bird Dental Studio, a prominent dentist offive in Idaho Falls.