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Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Visiting the dentist for treatment of teeth diseases and other teeth problems is not usually a rosy affair, not forgetting the costs involved and the time it takes during the visits. The resources involved in this course are so valuable and could be channeled to other worthy courses, this can be done by simply taking care of your teeth and maintaining proper general oral hygiene. Caring for your teeth is much more important than one would think, consistently brushing and flossing your teeth is vital for your long-term dental health, but be sure to take advantage of the professional dental care a dentist can provide.

Teeth should be brushed at least twice daily and most importantly after taking meals, this is to avoid food particles from sticking in-between teeth and causing decay to the gums. A quick routine brush of your teeth in the morning is often not enough, be sure to brush your teeth before bed as well to improve your dental hygiene. In most instances, teeth decay occurs simply because of food particles that have remained between teeth for too long. Teeth should be brushed in a circular motion to thoroughly clean all tooth surfaces and your tongue; carefully brush your gums as well to help prevent dangerous gum diseases. For people who regularly take snacks and frequently drink soda, coffee or other sugary drinks, they should add the frequency at which they brush their teeth. Note also that you should also change your brush after every two months.

Dentists recommend that you floss your teeth for a few minutes every day; this advice should be religiously adhered to. Brushes do not have the ability to dislodge everything that gets in between teeth, especially the particles that have made their way under the gums. Rotting plaque trapped between your teeth or under your gums may seem disgusting, but in perspective, the two-minute chore of flossing daily seems a much better option than long-term, costly dental work to fix cavities between your teeth.

Regular visits to the dentist for routine dental check-up is important, preventive dental care usually consists of checkup and teeth cleaning every six to twelve months plus x-rays every year or two to check for irregularities in the teeth bone and gum tissues. It is during these visits that the dentist will advise you on the ways in which you can maintain proper dental hygiene.

Dr. Bruno Silva
Founder and Principal Dentist, Brighton Implant Clinic.