Plenty of food today causes damage to teeth and gums and the overall hygiene of the mouth. Too much candy, chocolate, and junk food often cause cavities that may be detrimental. Bacteria can live in the mouth and eventually form plaque which often leads to cavities and gum disease. Therefore, at Lougheed Family Dental, we are always ready to offer dental advice regarding the best strategies people can follow to take care of their teeth and gums.
Daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits for professional deep cleaning and check-ups paves the way to maintain a healthy mouth. Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria and it accumulates on various areas of the mouth, including spaces that toothbrush couldn’t reach. The sugary foods are not the only source of plaque and cavities. Research found that many other foods can trigger mouth bacteria to produce acids. Plaque does not only affect the health of teeth, but it also causes inflammation and redness on gums which often makes it susceptible to bleeding.
At Lougheed Family Dental, we believe that the best home care routine consists of brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Dentists suggest that people should brush teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that will allow them to reach all surface of the mouth easily. They suggest the use of Fluoride toothpaste in order to prevent teeth from decaying. Dentists also urges people to make it a habit to also brush their tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Aside from brushing, we believe that flossing is another essential dental hygiene practice to avoid gum disease. Flossing allows people to clean the plaque and clear bacteria from between teeth. Most bacteria are accumulating in small spaces between the teeth and it may be difficult to reach with the regular toothbrush. However, floss or interdental cleaners will successfully clear these areas.
Dentists also suggest the use of mouth rinse to make the entire process complete. The use of mouthwash can increase the cleanliness of the mouth and prevents people from having bad breath. An antimicrobial mouth rinse increases the chance of maintaining a healthier mouth because it reduces bacteria and plaque generation.
Lastly, it is important to have a professional deep cleaning at least every 6 months by a hygienists. Hygienists can access areas under the gum line which is not accessible by patients and are critical to the health of teeth and gums and prevention of gum disease.
Regular dental hygiene practices are important because Not only teeth are used for speaking, communicating, and eating, there is a strong link between gum disease and other systemic conditions such as cardiovanscular disease. Therefore, it is essential for people to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.