The Importance of Proper Oral Care

The Importance of Proper Oral Care

May 11, 2020

Good oral care consists mainly of brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular trips to your dentist, Dr. George Landress, here at George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. in Danbury, CT. These habits are done to help you achieve and maintain healthier teeth, mouth, and gums, as well as improved quality of life. But why are these activities critical to a good oral care routine?

A Closer Look at Proper Oral Hygiene

Every good home oral care routine consists of three basic activities, brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Why are these crucial? When done at least twice a day for at least two minutes, every time you brush, it gets rid of the dirt and bacteria stuck in your mouth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and moving it in small, gentle circular motions at 45 degrees helps to clean anything stuck near the area where the teeth meet the gums.

Likewise, cleaning your tongue removes more bacteria from your mouth and freshens your breath. Remember to replace your toothbrush immediately when the bristles become worn out or at least every quarter. Aside from removing food and dirt left behind after brushing, flossing also clears plaque near the gum line. This minimizes the possibility of gum disease. When done at least once a day and properly, it also stimulates the gums for stronger teeth.

In addition, rinsing completes the cleaning process. More than that though, rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash presents the benefits of freshening your breath, eliminating acid-causing bacteria, and minimizing the buildup of plaque.

Scheduled Dental Visits

No matter how good your home oral care is, it will never be complete without regular dental visits to your dentist in Danbury, CT. Dental visits normally entail a thorough checkup and cleaning. What are the things that will be checked?

  • Presence or signs of cavities
  • Buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Symptoms of oral disease
  • Spaces between the gum line and the teeth will be measured
  • Examination of the tongue, face, neck, throat, and head
  • Signs of swelling, redness, or even cancer

After the checkup, your dentist will proceed with the cleaning. Your home oral care helps you control plaque buildup. However, only a professional dental cleaning, known as scaling, could effectively remove tartar with the use of special tools. Your dentist may also polish your teeth if needed. This eliminates surface stains from your teeth. Before the visit ends, your dentist will talk to you about other possible dental solutions you may need whenever applicable.

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Call (203) 743-7608 to arrange a consultation with your dentist, Dr. George Landress, here at George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D. in Danbury, CT.

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