Your teeth may appear strong, but they’re not invincible, and they can be vulnerable to decay and cavities if you don’t take your oral hygiene seriously. A healthy mouth translates to a healthy body and practicing good dental hygiene is crucial to preventing oral health diseases. While Dr. Gressell offers restorative dental care, he prefers to focus more on prevention whenever possible.
Brushing is one of the cornerstones of good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-based toothpaste.
The ideal brushing time is two minutes, equally dividing the time into all four quadrants. Regular brushing helps prevent plaque buildup and removes bacteria and food debris from the surface of your teeth. Using an electric toothbrush can help you brush for the recommended amount of time and the vibrations from the electric brush boost your hygiene routine.
Besides brushing, flossing is also essential in maintaining good oral health. Dr. Gressell advises flossing before going to bed to remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris that have found their way between your teeth.
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, visiting our office regularly for exams and cleanings are an important part of your oral care routine. These visits allow Dr. Gressell to discover oral problems and treat them before they worsen and become painful.
As Dr. Gressell inspects your mouth for signs of cavities, tooth decay, and periodontal disease, he’ll also give you instructions on improving your oral care habits at home to reduce your likelihood of developing oral problems.
Our team at Harbor Hill Dentistry and Airway Center is happy to discuss the benefits of dental hygiene with you. Contact us today for more information!