By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneYou look at your teeth every day in the mirror, and everything probably seems okay, but you still might wonder if you’re keeping good oral hygiene habits. Good oral hygiene is key if you want to keep your teeth for life and avoid infections. It requires more than just a little occasional brushing. You must commit to daily maintenance and regular visits with a dentist at Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI.

The Consequences of Neglecting Your Oral Hygiene
The approximately 178 million Americans who have at least one missing tooth according to the American College of Prosthodontists most likely compromised their dental health by neglecting good oral hygiene habits. Poor hygiene causes an imbalance of bacteria in the mouth that could eventually lead to dental or gum diseases. Not caring for your teeth can also cause cosmetic problems, like discoloration, tooth weakness, and small cracks in the enamel.

Best Practices for Oral Hygiene
If you’re having oral health challenges, you can turn things around by sticking with a new daily hygiene plan. Here are some best practices to remember:

- When you brush spend at least 30 seconds in each quadrant. Be sure to brush all surfaces, including the sides and the pits and fissures of your molars.
- Floss every day, preferably after meals. Flossing is the single most useful activity that you can perform to avoid gum disease.
- Rinse leftover particles from the mouth using a hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwash suggested by your Waterford dentist. It helps neutralize the presence of bad bacteria.

Better Dental Visits, Better Oral Health
Many people avoid going to the dentist because they’re afraid of the news that they’ll get. By taking better care of your teeth at home each day, you’ll increase the chance that you’ll have a positive experience the next time you visit for a checkup. Good oral hygiene is a key element of preventive dental care.

Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
It is easy to keep your mouth healthy—just reserve a few minutes per day for your oral hygiene routine. You should also see a dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup as soon as possible. Call (248) 673-7300 today to schedule an appointment at Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, with Dr. Sean Stannard or Dr. David Studt.

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