Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life.
It may sound cliché, but oral hygiene – regular brushing, flossing, and visits with your dentist – really is the most important factor when it comes to oral health. Most oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented with a diligent oral homecare routine and regular professional cleanings at Monticello Family Dentistry. Here are some hygiene tips straight from your oral healthcare authorities on how to keep your smile clean and healthy between checkups:
- Brush at least twice daily.Ideally before eating or drinking. We recommend an electric toothbrush for the most effective cleaning power. Brush for at least two minutes, focusing energy on and around each individual tooth on all sides. Brush thoroughly along the gum line, where most plaque settles. Don’t brush too hard as this can damage enamel and gum tissue. Don’t forget to brush the tongue to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath.
- Floss nightly before bed.Daily flossing is important in removing hard to reach plaque between teeth that brushing alone cannot. Flossing is also important for periodontal health in eliminating the plaque along the gum line that can harden into tartar and cause gum disease. Loop the floss gently between and around each tooth and just below the gum line. Release a new section of floss for each tooth to ensure you are not just moving plaque between teeth.
- Rinse with mouthwash.Mouthwash gives you an added boost of plaque and bacteria fighting power, and can help prevent decay and gum disease. Rinse with mouthwash at night after you brush and floss for the cleanest mouth in Iowa.
- Rinse with water.When brushing and flossing is not available after eating or drinking, rinsing with water can help remove plaque and bacteria that would otherwise be allowed to sit for hours on your teeth. Be sure to spit out the water, don’t swallow it.
- Visit your dentist regularly.We have the tools and the techniques at Monticello Family Dentistry to remove hard to reach plaque or tartar you may have left behind.
At Monticello Family Dentistry, we have one of the best hygiene teams in Iowa. They are incredibly gentle to make sure you don’t leave with sore gums and negative feelings about the dentist. They are also impressively thorough to make sure your mouth is in tip top shape.