HYGIENE & MAINTENANCE
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. At least three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal diseases is by daily thorough tooth brushing and flossing techniques and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Other important factors that can negatively affect the health of your gums include: tobacco usage, stress, clenching and grinding teeth, some medications, and poor nutrition.
It’s a fact, good health starts with good oral health, and good oral health starts with good oral hygiene.
There’s no shortcut to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. It takes a daily commitment to brushing and flossing properly, and a twice-yearly commitment to visiting us for a thorough dental checkup and cleaning. We are dedicated to helping you successfully fight off dental decay and disease with comprehensive dental hygiene appointments and diagnostic services. Choose Balaclava Dental Care for your family’s preventive dental services, including periodontal disease detection and treatment. Schedule the dental hygiene appointment you need to stay healthy with us today.
Dental Hygiene at Home: Brushing and Flossing Efficiently
To brush your teeth efficiently, you should:
- - Position your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line
- - Use just enough pressure to feel bristles against your gums and between teeth
- - Brush along the gum line
- - Brush all chewing surfaces
- - Brush your tongue
- - Brush for at least two minutes
To floss your teeth efficiently, you should:
- - Start with about 18 inches of floss
- - Hold floss tightly with about 1 inch of floss between your hands
- - Glide floss between teeth with a gentle sawing motion
- - Hold the floss against each tooth, gently scraping the tooth’s side while moving the floss away from the gums
Dental Hygiene Treatment at Balaclava Dental care
Visiting our office at least twice a year for dental hygiene treatment can significantly improve your oral health. A professional dental cleaning will reinforce your home oral care routine, but also serve to remove the stubborn plaque and tarter that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It will allow us to address areas of concern, like decay and early stage gum disease, before it can begin to cause pain and discomfort. During a dental hygiene appointment, you’ll receive both diagnostic and preventive care as well as any needed educational resources for maintaining a healthy home hygiene routine.
Dental Hygiene Appointments for the Entire Family
Don’t underestimate the importance of dental hygiene; it is the foundation on which good oral health is built. Make your next dental hygiene appointment with the highly qualified family dentists of Balaclava Dental Care today. Our dentists are trusted by families daily throughout Melbourne.
Maintaining good oral health is important throughout your life from infancy through the senior years.
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss your teeth once a day
- Get regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning
- Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet
Once you establish proper dental hygiene habits, you should maintain them throughout your lifetime.
Smoking and all forms of tobacco are harmful to your oral health and bad for you in general, possible oral health impacts include:
- stained teeth and tongue
- bad breath
- dulled sense of taste and smell
- slow healing after a tooth extraction or oral surgery
- difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- gum disease and tooth loss
- oral cancer
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems
A white smile is a great accessory for everyone.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.
(by College of Dentistry, university of Florida)