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Dental Guide To Oral Hygiene

The average dentist is readily willing to admit the most important dental work necessary to maintain oral hygiene is what patients do outside of the office. The patient has more control over oral hygiene and health than the dentist. Your daily habits dictate your oral hygiene more than any treatment the dentist can provide.

HERE IS A BRIEF LOOK AT THE BASICS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR ORAL HYGIENE.

THE PROPER FREQUENCY OF TEETH CLEANING TO MAINTAIN OPTIMAL ORAL HYGIENE

It is important to clean your teeth at least two times per day. Flossing or brushing once per day will not suffice for optimal oral hygiene. If possible, brush and floss following each meal. Just be sure to wait at least half an hour following your meal to clean your teeth to avoid damaging the enamel with the brush's bristles.

Your brushing sessions should last two full minutes. If you clean your teeth at the proper frequency, you will need a new toothbrush every couple of months. In terms of flossing, it is most important to floss after dinner. However, if you have the time, patience and effort to floss after each meal, go ahead and do so.

Flossing removes those pesky bits of food and other gunk that nestles into the gaps between the teeth when eating. If these food particles remain on the teeth, it will draw in bacteria that decay the teeth. This is precisely why dentists advise flossing two times per day.

THE FOODS AND BEVERAGES YOU CONSUME AFFECT ORAL HYGIENE

Oral hygiene hinges on more than the amount of care you provide for your teeth with brushing and flossing. You should also be mindful of the foods and beverages you consume. Though you can certainly indulge in some sweets every now and then, consuming sugary foods throughout the day will do some significant damage to your teeth. The same is true for sugar-laden beverages.

If you absolutely have to drink soda pop, juice, an energy drink or another sugary drink, use a straw so the liquid has that much less of a chance to contact your teeth. It will also help to eat an apple following your snacks and meals. Even eating a few slices of an apple will clean your teeth and catalyze the mouth's natural defenses. If you are not a fan of apples, chew some gum with xylitol following your meals to stimulate mouth-cleaning saliva and reduce the chances of cavities. Just make sure the gum you select is not loaded with sugar.

MAINTAINING ORAL HYGIENE REQUIRES REGULAR VISITS TO THE DENTIST

Visit the dentist at least once every six months to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. The dentist will perform an in-depth cleaning of your teeth, check for signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems. Once the appropriate treatments and procedures are applied, your oral hygiene will prove that much easier to maintain as time progresses.

HOW CAN YOU REALLY USE THIS?

Request a dental appointment here: http://senderodental.com or call Sendero Dental Studio at (949) 204-3761 for an appointment in our Rancho Mission Viejo dental office.

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