Although brushing your teeth is actually a pretty easy thing to do, a large percentage of the population still doesn’t do it regularly. Only about 70% of Americans brush their teeth once or twice daily according to a survey published by Delta Dental, and only about 50% of Americans floss daily according to the American Dental Association.
Brushing, flossing and professional teeth cleanings are essential to keep a healthy mouth as well as a healthy body. Below we explain why and how you should clean your teeth and also get your teeth cleaned.
Why We Should Brush & Floss Daily
Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is the most important part of your oral health routine. The second most important part would be flossing at least once daily. A good oral health routine will prevent bad breathe, tooth decay, gum disease, and allow you to keep your natural teeth throughout your life.
When you brush & floss your teeth you help to remove plaque and tartar that builds up on the enamel. This plaque and tartar attracts bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. This bacteria will eventually lead to infections and inflammation that effects the rest of your body. Gum disease has been know to be related to heart problems, diabetes, and preterm labor in some cases.
Correct way to Brush Your Teeth
Proper brushing should take at least two minutes twice a day. Use short and gentle strokes with an emphasis on hard to reach teeth and paying attention to the gums and tongue as well. Concentrate on the outer and inner surfaces of the upper and lower teeth. Remember to brush your tongue for fresh breathe.
Also, make sure to replace your tooth brush when it is visibly worn (at least once every 3 months) and also after you get sick with a col or flu. Germs can linger in the bristle long after use.
Correct Way to Floss
For flossing you should gently glide the floss through your teeth in a zig-zag motion to make sure you get the hard to reach angles. Make sure to pay attention to the gum line to evacuate food particles building up and causing plaque below the gum line. Remember to floss each tooth with a clean section of floss.
Regular Professional Teeth Cleaning
Getting your teeth cleaned twice yearly is essential to reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Brushing and flossing helps to remove plaque that builds up on your teeth, but plaque begins to re-colonize your mouth within hours. Making it difficult to keep up with the amount of plaque and tartar that collects on your enamel. That’s where we come in.
Regular dental cleanings help to remove the hard to remove and hard to reach build up on your teeth. Our hygienist will gently scrape, brush and floss your teeth to perfection, as well as provide a fluoride treatment to help prevent future plaque build up. If your teeth are especially bad, a scaling and root planing, also know as a deep cleaning, will be necessary. We can provide you and your family with professional teeth cleaning in our east El Paso, TX dental office.
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Call us today at (915) 263-8333, or schedule an appointment by visiting our Contact page. We welcome all patients in the El Paso, TX area. The Dentist staff is professional and friendly. We welcome all questions you may have about teeth cleaning and any other dental service we have. Call today!