Keeping your teeth and mouth clean is an essential part of good dental health. It prevents tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease, and maintains your winning smile.
Neglecting your oral health can result in bacteria build up in the mouth. This can lead to “halitosis”, or bad breath. Furthermore, in severe cases the gums can be infected and lead to gum and periodontal disease.
Brushing and flossing daily is vital to our good oral health. They are both common practice, but if not done correctly, may not be as effective. To maximize the benefits, it is important to brush for a minimum of 2 minutes, at least twice a day and ideally after any meals or sugary snacks. The brush should be used back and forth, up and down, and in a circular motion. Don’t forget to brush your gums as well as your teeth! It is best to use a soft or medium brush, and be gentle. Your brush should be replaced every 3 months.
Flossing helps remove dental plaque that brushing failed to remove. You should floss at least once daily, using a fresh section for in between each tooth. Antibacterial mouthwashes can also to maintain good oral health. Mouthwash can help prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.
Make it a regular practice to visit us at Swan Dental every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Regular visits ensure any potential issues are monitored and dealt with, to avoid potential complications. This will also ensure you maintain a healthy smile and confidence!