By Dr. Ron Nichols, DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentist in Hacienda Heights needs you to know about oral hygieneOral Hygiene

Have you ever wondered whether you are keeping good oral hygiene habits? What are good oral hygiene habits? What do I need to do to take care of my smile? These are all important questions and Dr. Ron Nichols in Hacienda Heights, CA wants to give you the answers.

The sticky, pasty white substance on your teeth, known as plaque, is actually a live bacterial colony. Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria. It’s important to remove the plaque thoroughly and frequently; that’s the goal of a good oral hygiene program.

If you don’t remove plaque completely and often, the bacteria in plaque produce poisons which can eat through strong tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. The poisons also infect your gums, causing gum inflammation and gum disease. If the gum disease goes untreated, it can progress to bone destruction, a condition known as periodontal disease. You can eventually lose teeth if you have lost too much of the supporting bone.

All this can be prevented by keeping good oral hygiene habits. It’s easier than you think. Just remember to:

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth after meals and before bed. Fluoride toothpastes are the best to use because fluoride will help to strengthen your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Use a gentle movement, not hard pressure, to clean your teeth. Brush in a gentle, circular motion, cleaning all surfaces of all teeth and along the gumline.

Use waxed or unwaxed dental floss to clean in between your teeth every day because brushing doesn’t get in between teeth, where most cavities and disease starts. Take a small piece of floss or floss picks and wrap around the tooth as you floss in between. The wrapping technique ensures the floss cleans the entire tooth surface and deep in between teeth.

Regular professional dental care is vital to taking care of small dental issues before they become painful, expensive dental problems. That's why it's important to remember to schedule regular visits with Dr. Nichols and his hygienist for an exam, x-rays, and professional cleaning. Call Dr. Nichols in Hacienda Heights, CA to get started today!