Prevent Problems with Top Notch Oral Hygiene Practices
The Importance of Oral Hygiene Starts Young
Dentists have known there was a connection between oral health and overall health. Research is beginning to actively support this connection. Dr. Howard Goldberg understands his role in helping to maintain a balance between oral health and the well-being of his patients.
It is recommended that children first visit the dentist by one year of age. Preventative care only works if parents and children work together until children are able to brush and floss efficiently. Dr. Goldberg can help the residents of Boynton Beach, FL learn the importance of brushing and flossing in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.
What is the best way to keep my teeth and mouth healthy?
A basic regimen includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Tooth decay, or cavities, are the result of several factors. Bacteria builds up in the mouth between brushings. Sugary snacks provide the perfect growth medium for bacteria, so limit sugary treats. Gum disease comes into play when the area where gums and teeth meet is not properly cleaned.
The ADA recommends using a soft-bristled brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Electric and battery-powered toothbrushes do actually remove more plaque than hand-brushing so patients have less incidents of gingivitis. No matter what type of brush is used, angle the bristles toward the gum/teeth line. After brushing all surfaces of the teeth, the tongue should be brushed to eliminate additional bacteria from the mouth. People should rinse toothbrushes well and use a toothbrush holder that will keep family members’ brushes separate. Once a toothbrush or toothbrush head becomes frayed, approximately every 3 months, replace it to ensure teeth are properly cleaned.
A toothbrush alone will not reach the surfaces between all teeth, nor will brushing clear all debris from under the gumline. Flossing reaches these areas to help protect oral health. When flossing, people should gently guide the floss between teeth without painfully snapping gums, rubbing back and forth. People should be sure to go one tooth at a time to reach all hard to reach places. Flossing is most effective when done daily, so if floss is difficult to handle, it is best to find an alternative. Dental picks and pre-threaded flossers are readily available at many retailers.
The Best Time to Start is Now
Oral hygiene practices should start before children grow their first teeth. Practicing by brushing gums prepares infants for the brushing sensation once they have teeth. Regardless of life stage, the best time to revamp oral hygiene practices is now. A thorough cleaning can get patients back on the right track and protect their mouths and teeth from damage caused by a build-up of plaque and germs. Dr. Howard Goldberg is the Boynton Beach dentist to visit for quality oral healthcare.