Advanced dentistry has given us the means and knowledge to correct almost any dental issue, regardless of its severity. However, prevention remains the best method of preserving your smile, and maintaining good hygiene is the most important preventive dental measure. While most people are familiar with the tenets of great hygiene, such as consistently brushing and flossing your teeth, not everyone is consistent in practicing it. To help you improve your oral health, we offer a quick guide to maintaining great hygiene at home.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean
Generally, keeping your teeth requires brushing them at least twice a day and flossing them at least once. Doing so helps control the buildup of plaque, which contains hundreds of kinds of harmful oral bacteria. Yet if your at-home hygiene routine is lacking, then bacteria can gain an upper hand and lead to issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and more. For best results, be sure to:
- Brush your teeth after every meal, or rinse your mouth with water if brushing is not possible. Oral bacteria are most active immediately after you eat, as they metabolize the nutrients in your food to produce harmful substances.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush rather than a rough one. Soft bristles will help you thoroughly clean away oral bacteria without accidentally harming the protective enamel around your teeth.
- Pay special attention to your gum line when brushing and flossing. Certain oral bacteria prefer to accumulate along your gum line and can gradually work their way underneath your gums, leading to gum disease.
Learn More About Improving Your Hygiene
Great hygiene is the cornerstone of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life! To learn more, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry on Cypresswood Drive at 281-320-2000. Located in Spring, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities.