A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. And a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. That’s why good oral hygiene is so important. Oral hygiene is a team effort: a combination of your daily hygiene routine and periodic professional cleanings.
Are you overdue for a professional cleaning? Do you want to be taken care of by experienced professionals who care about you as an individual? If so, please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment at Advantage Dental Group, where one of our dental hygienists can help your teeth stay clean and healthy.
Good Oral Hygiene Routine
Successful oral hygiene is built on daily cleaning of the teeth and gums. Your home hygiene routine is the most important factor in maintaining good oral health. Follow this advice to ensure you get the best results.
Brush Twice Daily
It’s important to brush at least twice daily to remove bacterial plaque and food residue. Use a low-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to protect your teeth while cleaning. Brush for at least two minutes each time. Controlled, gentle motions are best.
Is an electric toothbrush better?
Research shows that manual and electric toothbrushes are both effective at maintaining good oral hygiene. Statistically, there’s no difference from a population perspective. But at an individual level, some people definitely do better with one or the other. If you aren’t getting good results with your manual brush, switching to an electric toothbrush can make a big difference.
Your toothbrush can’t reach all parts of your teeth, nor can it get below the gum line. That makes flossing an important part of your oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, a minority of people floss every day, which puts their oral health at risk.
Should I use mouthwash?
Mouthwash is not necessary for everyone. Some of the things that can help a diseased mouth get healthy can actually cause harm to a healthy mouth. You should not use mouthwash unless recommended by your dentist. Then your dentist will recommend the best brand for you or may prescribe a special mouthwash.
Periodic professional cleanings provide critical support to your daily oral hygiene routine. It removes harmful deposits that can’t be removed by your daily hygiene routine. It also gives an opportunity to polish your teeth beautifully and assess your at home hygiene routine so you can improve.
Why Professional Cleanings Are Necessary
The goal of your at home hygiene routine is to remove food debris and soft dental plaque from your teeth. But even with the best hygiene routine, small amounts of plaque or food escape. These then absorb minerals from your saliva to essentially fossilize on your teeth. These hardened deposits, called tartar or dental calculus, can’t be removed with normal home hygiene tools.
Left in place, these deposits grow larger and provide shelter for oral bacteria, which can infect your gums or attack your teeth more directly. These deposits are also unsightly and can harbor foul odors and tastes.
A Beautiful Polish
In addition to tartar, some surface stains can accumulate on your teeth in a way that they can’t be removed with your normal hygiene routine. We can safely and gently polish away many of these surface stains, helping your teeth look brighter, healthier, and more youthful.
When stains don’t respond to polishing, we can provide teeth whitening treatments to help you achieve your brightest smile. Some over-the-counter whiteners are also effective. Ask for recommendations before you try one, because others can be damaging.
Professional Advice for the Best Cleaning
When a dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they see the cumulative effect of six months of at-home hygiene. Our hygienists have 20 years of experience and more, so they’ve seen it all, and they can give you great advice on getting the best results from your oral hygiene. This feedback alone provides enough benefit for your oral health to justify the visit.
Is It Time for Your Next Cleaning?
If you’re overdue for a professional dental cleaning in Pueblo, we can help. Our team is made up of caring, well-trained, and highly experienced individuals. We treat each patient as an individual to help ensure that everyone gets the highest quality care available.
To schedule your dental cleaning at Advantage Dental Group, please call (719) 545-1400 today.