Dental hygiene is the most important part of maintaining your oral health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease and has also been linked to other diseases not related to oral care. Dr. Jackson A. Bean recommends that you keep your dental habits consistent and attend your regular dental cleaning appointments every six months to keep your SMILE HEALTHY. Contact us today to learn more about dental hygiene in Greenville, Texas, or SCHEDULE an appointment at Complete Dental Care with our wonderful dentist by calling 903-568-3732.
During your time at our office, our team works hard to improve your oral health. It is essential, however, that you continue taking care of your smile at home through consistent oral hygiene. Good dental hygiene includes a number of daily habits and practices that help to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Oral hygiene is not only the most important aspect of oral health, but it’s a lifelong commitment. There is no quick fix or one time solution. It’s very important to start a healthy routine as early as possible to avoid expensive dental procedures and health issues in the long term.
Facts about oral health:
Our dentist and team recommend that you follow these basic steps to help your smile and body stay in optimal health:
- Brush your teeth after each meal and before bed, at a minimum twice a day. Brush each time for two minutes. We encourage you to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that includes fluoride.
- Floss at least once every day. The most important time to floss is just before you go to sleep at night.
- Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after flossing and brushing.
- Eat a balanced diet. Limiting your intake of very sugary and acidic foods can help to prevent tooth decay.
- Being cautious of your diet. Making sure you have a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid tobacco products.
- Maintain your regular visits with our dentist every six months. During these visits, we will provide a professional teeth cleaning and a thorough dental exam to make certain we provide any needed preventive or restorative treatments.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if brush is worn.
Causes of oral diseases:
- Bacteria, viruses and fungi collect in your mouth. Not all of them are bad in small quantities. High sugar intake creates an environment for bacteria to grow rapidly. These acid-producing bacteria cause enamel decay and cavities.
- Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums caused by hardened plaque that isn’t removed regularly by brushing and flossing.
- Periodontitis is a more advanced gum disease caused by your gum beginning to pull away from your teeth and causing pockets where pus may collect.
- Cavities are caused when bacteria, food or acid sit on the teeth. The acid eats away at the enamel and causes damage, even holes.
- Sensitive teeth can be natural or the result of a root canal, a filling or even the result of: gum disease, receding gums, a cracked tooth or worn-down fillings
Reasons that contribute to gingivitis and periodontitis:
The cleaning process at Complete Care Dental:
Connection between oral health and overall health:
Conditions that may be linked:
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