Good dental hygiene is essential for healthy teeth and gums, but do you know if you’re brushing correctly, flossing enough, or using the right mouthwash? Chen Tsung Chang, DDS, of Hayward Dentistry in Hayward, California, is a highly qualified dentist who’s passionate about showing people how to take care of their teeth. Dr. Chang knows how critical good dental hygiene is in preventing cavities and gum disease and is always happy to spend time with you to establish a daily dental routine. For more information about good dental hygiene, call Hayward Dentistry today, or book an appointment online.
Dental hygiene simply means taking action to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Plaque, a sticky substance that naturally builds up on teeth, causes gum irritation, sensitivity, and bleeding, and if untreated, can lead to gum disease. Gum disease can be serious because it causes the gums to recede from the teeth, making space for bacteria to invade and potentially causing complications from infection.
Plaque is also an ideal place for bacteria to breed, and bacteria that live in plaque produce acids that damage the teeth. Sugary and starchy foods especially cause bacteria to produce these corrosive acids, which can cause cavities to form in the teeth. Good dental hygiene removes plaque from your teeth, minimizing the production of acids and gum irritation.
If teeth aren’t brushed regularly, a hard substance called tartar builds up at the gum lines and in between the teeth. Tartar provides another breeding space for bacteria and again can lead to gum disease and cavities. Removing tartar buildup is a job for Dr. Chang, as it can’t be removed by brushing alone.
The best way to clean plaque off of your teeth is by brushing and flossing daily. Following an effective brushing regime ensures you clean plaque from the flat surfaces of each tooth. You should brush twice a day with a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your mouth.
Floss, dental tape, or interdental brushes are all effective ways of removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth. It’s essential to clean between each tooth where a brush can’t reach at least once a day. You can use mouthwash, too, but you should defer to Dr. Chang’s advice on which type is best for your teeth.
An antimicrobial, fluoride toothpaste is ideal for general use, but you may need a specific type of toothpaste if you have certain conditions, such as sensitive teeth or thinning tooth enamel. Electric toothbrushes often do a better job of reaching around your teeth for a better clean, but only if you use them correctly – a good technique with a manual brush is better than a poor technique with an electric brush!
Improved toothpaste and toothbrushes are continually coming onto the market, so if you’re confused about what you should be using, ask Dr. Chang. He keeps up to date with new developments in dental hygiene and can recommend the ideal brush and toothpaste combination for your specific needs.
The best way to avoid needing dental treatment is to look after your teeth and follow a regular program of dental hygiene. For advice on a program that suits your teeth, call Hayward Dentistry today, or book an appointment with Dr. Chang online.