By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
April 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It’s time to really take a moment to find out if you are giving your smile what it needs.oral hygiene

While many people face cavities, gum disease and tooth loss, it’s important to know that many of these issues are preventable if you know how to care for your smile. It’s important that your teeth and gums are getting what they need to thrive and our Holland, MI, dentists Dr. Ryan Lebster and Dr. Jose Vivasare here to offer up some advice on how you can maintain the best oral health.

Stop Brushing too Hard

You might not even realize it but you might be a bit too aggressive when it comes to how you clean your teeth. The type of toothbrush you use, as well as using a heavy hand, can wear away teeth enamel (and remember that enamel doesn’t come back). This bad habit can also cause a receding gumline.

When you brush, remember that you don’t have to press hard in order to remove plaque and bacteria. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle, circular motions to clean the front, back and chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste

There are so many different kinds of toothpastes on the market that it can often be confusing which one will be best for your smile. Of course, everyone from children to seniors needs fluoride in order for teeth to stay strong. When in doubt, always use toothpaste that contains fluoride, as this mineral can be instrumental in preventing cavities. Better yet, always looking for the ADA seal of approval to ensure that it provides you with the best at-home clean possible.

Flossing Shouldn’t Be Skipped

No matter how tired you might be it’s important to not skip out on flossing your teeth. This is because the bacteria that linger on and between teeth can turn into plaque in just 24 hours. What’s worse, if plaque isn’t removed quickly it can harden into tartar, which only our Holland, MI, general dentist will be able to remove during a professional cleaning. Tartar that isn’t removed can lead to cavities and gum disease. So, next time you think about tossing yourself into bed without flossing, think again!

Do you have questions about your at-home dental routine? Is it time to schedule a six-month cleaning for you or a family member? Whatever the case might be, call Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI. We would be happy to provide your entire family with the proper care they deserve.