You know you should do it, but do you actually floss as often as you should? Flossing daily is just as important as brushing your teeth. Truth is, 40% of plaque is removed by flossing. Practice flossing daily and make sure to floss in between each tooth with a clean section of floss.
Clean Your Toothbrush
Do you recall the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can't, then it's probably been too long! The ideal time frame is to replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Although if you have recently been sick, it's a smart move to go straight to a new toothbrush as the bristles can hold on to germs.
Also, do not share your toothbrush with friends or family. If you do, you are swapping more than just saliva. You could be sharing bacteria that may lead to tooth decay or other harmful problems.
Store Your Toothbrush Properly
It is best to keep your toothbrush in a holder/cup on your counter. Do not hide it in a drawer or medicine cabinet as this can keep the toothbrush from drying properly between uses. If the toothbrush stays damp, then you are giving it an optimal space for bacteria to grow.
Make Sure To Clean Your Tongue
Just like your teeth and gums, your tongue can also harbor plaque. Not to mention that your tongue is the leading cause of bad breath. Make sure to use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to properly cleanse the tongue. Mouthwash alone may not get into all the nooks and crannies that are on your tongue. Cleaning your tongue helps reduce bad breath, buildup, bacteria, helps prevent cavities and more.
Get Regular Cleanings
Home cleaning is extremely important but it will not be enough without regular dental visits. Dental offices have the tools and expertise that home cleaning just can't keep up with. Cleanings can remove excess plaque and allow us to catch any problems before they turn into major dental issues.
Not every dental visit has to be a drag. If you're in the Howard Beach area, come visit Howard Beach Dental for a full cleaning and check up. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT or call us at 718-323-5132
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Customizable intensity settings ensure that each patient receives a comfortable, positive experience. After a survey, 99% of patients who have used the Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed treatment said they experience little to no sensitivity during the process.
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85% of US adults have some form of gum disease. From the beginning stages of gingivitis to the further advanced stages of periodontitis. Gum disease is one of the most widespread diseases in our society, yet remains largely unknown.
Despite varying numbers, one fact is constant – millions of Americans have gum disease. And, unfortunately, the odds are you may have it, too; you just don’t know it. Here’s what you must know about gum disease and what you can do about it.
Gum disease, also known as "periodontal disease", is an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. It happens when germs infect the gum tissues throughout the teeth, causing redness, swelling, and bleeding. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth decay/loss in adults. It has also been linked to major health problems that you may never think of connecting with gum disease. These include, but are not limited to, strokes, heart disease, certain cancers and more.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are two stages or gum disease. Here’s the difference between them:
Gingivitis: A less severe form of gum disease, gingivitis is when your gums get inflamed due to plaque build up. Plaque is the film found on your teeth. It is a sticky mixture of germs and bacteria known as a biofilm. If not brushed away, plaque will harden into a barnacle-like material to form calculus, commonly known as tartar. The same as lime deposits on a shower drain, the hardened calculus is difficult to remove. If not taken care of, the biofilm will keep growing and lead to infecting your gums; on occasion causing redness and bleeding.
Periodontitis: If Gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance to periodontitis. With periodontitis, calculus deposits develop on the surface of your teeth, edging down below your gum line. This condition causes your gums to separate slightly from the teeth and supporting bone, forming periodontal pockets. It creates swelling, bleeding, pain while chewing, teeth misalignment and looseness. Other side effects are sores in the mouth, bad breath, and sensitive teeth. A discharge of puss from the gums, called pyorrhea, is another a symptom of periodontitis.
If you do not seek treatment, the infection and the pockets may continue to deepen, eating away at the jawbone until your teeth decay, become loose and fall out.
Can I avoid getting gum disease?
Prevention is always the best option. It's the least painful and least expensive path to good health. If there are no infections, then your dentist or hygienist will suggest a plan that includes regular brushing, flossing and office visits as your best bet for avoiding dental infections.
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