Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? With that in mind, we’d like to talk about what our Dallas, TX, patients can do to maintain healthy smiles from home. We’re discussing proper flossing, brushing, and more!
Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Dental Hygiene
Question: How do I brush properly?
Answer: You should first pick a toothbrush with soft bristles. You can opt for manual or electric, as long as you use it to brush every available surface of your teeth for two minutes each session. We also suggest picking a toothpaste that contains fluoride and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Also, be wary of whitening toothpastes, as they often contain abrasive agents that could potentially damage enamel.
Question: How often do I need to floss?
Answer: You should floss every night before bed. You can use floss tape, water flossers, or floss picks, as long as you floss up and down the length of the tooth, dipping below the gum line in a C-shaped motion.
Question: Does my diet matter?
Answer: Yes! Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches leave behind particles for harmful bacteria to break down. This process increases oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque buildup, weakening tooth enamel and inflaming gum tissue. Patients then experience a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Instead, try drinking more water and picking healthier snacks, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, and dairy products (including low-fat yogurt).
Question: When should I see the dentist?
Answer: We recommend visiting the dentist every six months. During these visits, we will perform a checkup to identify possible signs of trouble, treating oral health problems before they progress and threaten the patient’s oral health. A cleaning will also be performed, which remove plaque buildup from the teeth to protect the health and appearance of your smile.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Hygiene?
With the right steps, you and your family can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).