How your dentists in Naperville can help maintain your smile
Keeping good oral hygiene habits doesn’t have to take a chunk out of your day. A great oral hygiene routine just takes a few minutes, but the benefits will make a huge difference in the health of your smile. So, how do you keep good oral hygiene habits? Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, want to share what it takes to maintain the beauty and health of your smile.
First, you need to be brushing after meals and before you go to bed. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, brush all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline in a gentle, circular motion. Many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush because of the flushing action.
Next, make sure you are flossing every day because flossing cleans in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. The area in between your teeth is where tooth decay and disease often starts. When you floss, be sure to wrap the floss around each tooth as you go down in between the teeth. This wrapping action helps to keep the floss next to the tooth surface. You can also use floss picks if you have dexterity issues or arthritis.
Keeping good oral hygiene habits helps remove the plaque clinging to your teeth. Why is this important? It’s because plaque contains many millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins. These toxins can eventually cause tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease. You can do a lot to stop decay and disease from affecting your smile by keeping good oral hygiene habits.
No oral hygiene program is complete without a yearly visit to your dentist for an exam and state-of-the-art digital x-rays. Your smile also needs a professional cleaning at least every six months, and more often if you have periodontal disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist want to partner with you to keep your smile looking great.
For more information about keeping good oral hygiene habits and other dental topics, call Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Get started protecting your smile by calling today!