Connell Family Dentistry provides teeth cleaning and hygiene for patients in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna and Harvey, Louisiana.
It’s essential to create a good regimen for yourself when dealing with dental care. Failing to keep up oral hygiene practices creates a high likelihood of damaging not only your teeth, but also your gums. Cavities, loss of teeth, gum disease, and loss of bone can occur, all of which lead to expensive visits to the dentist’s office in the future. Financial considerations aside, such complications can be detrimental to your overall health, which is why it is important to care properly for your teeth and gums. Your Connell Family Dentistry family dentist can spend time with you, providing education and examples regarding how to take proper care of your teeth and gums, allowing you to maintain great oral hygiene throughout your life.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth are the basis of a good regimen. It is recommended that you perform both at least twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
When brushing your teeth, try keeping the following tips in mind:
- You have a choice of toothbrushes. Whether you choose a manual, electric, or the ultrasonic variety depends on personal preference, though the latter is most recommended.
- Brush your teeth gently, but with firm pressure.
- Be sure to brush every surface of your teeth. This includes the front, back, and the surfaces where you bite.
- Keep the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle to your teeth while brushing.
- Make certain that you reach all of your teeth, including the back teeth, and the back surfaces of your back teeth.
- Your toothbrush is meant to clean more than just your teeth. Before finishing, brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue well. You can also try a tongue scraper. This helps to improve oral hygiene by reducing bad breath.
Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it removes food that might be caught between your teeth, as well as plaque that can build up. Solely brushing isn’t enough to clean plaque and bacteria from the tiny crevices in between.
When flossing, keep these tips in mind:
- Move your dental floss gently back and forth as you move it up and down between your teeth.
- Never snap your floss when placing it between your teeth. This can irritate or injure your gums, and accounts for some of the bleeding many people experience.
- If flossing is difficult for you (the floss shredding, or becoming caught and painful upon attempted removal), try disposable flossing picks or miniature flossing brushes.
When you’ve finished brushing and flossing, it’s also a good idea to rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. This reduces bad breath, washes away bacteria, and helps to disinfect any small injuries in your gums. Some mouthwashes, particularly whitening washes, are meant to be used before brushing.
Regular Dental Cleanings
While keeping up with your brushing and flossing regimen at home is essential to your oral hygiene, it isn’t enough to do that solely. Dental checkups and cleanings are of utmost importance to your oral health. Schedule visits with one of our Connell Family Dentistry dentists every six months, even if you are having no pain or other problems. By visiting one of our Connell Family Dentistry dentists, we can double check to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, remove tartar build up that can’t be caught with a toothbrush or floss, and make certain that you are avoiding gum disease.
Visiting our Connell Family Dentistry dentists for regular check-ups ensures that oral health problems that might arise are caught at the earliest stages, meaning that you’ll have as little problems as possible. This allows our Connell Family Dentistry dentist to treat oral health issues with the smallest amount of invasion necessary in order to correct them.
Oral hygiene means more than simply brushing, flossing, and making trips to the dentist. Being educated about your dental health will ensure that you and your teeth and gums are the healthiest you can be, and can mean keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth functioning properly throughout your life.
Why Regular Teeth Cleanings Matter
Many people assume that brushing and flossing are enough to keep their teeth in tip-top shape, and those people couldn’t be more incorrect. Even someone who is flawless in their brushing and flossing regimen will accumulate tartar around and in-between their teeth. Tartar, which is plaque that has hardened and cannot simply be brushed away, can build up so much that it creeps below the gum line. There, it can cause gum disease and gingivitis, both of which endanger your teeth.
Over time, tartar and bacteria begin to eat away at the enamel covering your teeth. This causes tooth decay and cavities, and will eventually create an infection, which ends in the loss of teeth. It can also cause deterioration of the gums themselves, compounding the oral damage. If you notice any problems with your dental health – such as chipped or broken areas on any surface of your teeth, your gums becoming sensitive or discolored, or your teeth becoming loose, notify one of our Connell Family Dentistry dentists immediately. The more quickly our dentist knows, the more quickly they can get your in the chair and prevent more damage.
Such warnings might sound alarmist, but many people who otherwise take care of their oral health neglect dental visits. Preventative dental visits can go a very long way toward preserving your teeth later in years, perhaps even for your entire life.
Dental Hygiene at Home
While scheduling regular cleanings for your teeth is extremely important, they are one facet of your responsibility to your oral hygiene. Our dental team will do their best to examine and find potential issues with your oral health early on. At home, however, it’s important that you are vigilant with your own oral care. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, reaching every surface of your teeth, including the backs of your molars. Flossing is essential, since your toothbrush’s bristles won’t reach in between teeth to remove plaque, and should be done at the very least once a day.
While brushing your teeth, pay attention to your gum line. Brush it gently. Pay attention to changes in your gums, including examinations for changes in color or texture; changes of this type could mean gum disease. Any changes in your teeth or gums signal a need for a visit to one of our Connell Family Dentistry dentists, who can prevent further issues from developing.
Connell Dental Care and Connell Family Dentistry offer family dentistry, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry to patients in New Orleans, Louisiana. Contact Connell Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation!