What your dentist in Grand Haven wants you to know
You want to look great, and it begins with your smile. You want to feel great and it begins with your oral health. Fortunately, when you keep good oral hygiene habits, it takes care of both the beauty and the health of your smile. Dr. John Leitner in Grand Haven, MI wants to share how you can keep good oral hygiene habits and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life.
Tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal bone loss all begin the same way, with bacterial plaque. The sticky white paste on your teeth doesn’t just sit there. It produces toxins that can destroy the hard tissues, your teeth and bone, and the soft tissues, your gums. The goal of your good oral hygiene habits is to remove plaque thoroughly and frequently, before the bacteria in the plaque has a chance to do damage.
With your goal in mind, achieving your goal is easy, and doesn’t take a lot of time. Your good oral hygiene regimen should include:
Brushing your teeth several times each day; it’s best to brush after meals and before bedtime. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Many people prefer an electric or sonic toothbrush. It’s a good idea to look for products containing the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, so you know they’ve been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness.
Flossing at least once each day; you can use waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference. If you have arthritis or dexterity issues, you can use floss picks or floss holders to prevent strain on your fingers.
Any excellent oral hygiene program includes a visit to your dentist at least once each year for x-rays and a thorough dental exam. Dental exams are a great way to detect issues while they are small to prevent more extensive, expensive dental treatment later on. You should also visit your dental hygienist for professional cleanings every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease.
You want to enjoy your beautiful, healthy smile for the rest of your life, and now you can. It all starts with you keeping good oral hygiene habits. For more information about oral hygiene and other preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental topics, call Dr. Leitner in Grand Haven, MI today!