When it comes to dental care in Monroe, WA, our dental hygienists know what it takes to help protect the long-term health of our patient’s teeth and gums. It’s our goal to make sure that every patient has the tools needed to enjoy the best oral health possible.
Since you only typically see our friendly hygienists twice a year during routine cleanings, you might not always remember the important tips they provide about the best practices for taking care of your oral health at home. With that in mind, here are a few tips that our hygienists provide patients.
Win the fight against oral bacteria. Nightly brushing, flossing, and using an oral rinse all contribute to the removal of harmful bacteria from your mouth. Whether cavities or gum disease, the majority of oral problems are caused by bacteria. While it might not always be convenient to take the time to brush or floss, making the effort truly does provide significant benefits. If you don’t have the time to always brush and floss in the afternoons after eating, take a few minutes to thoroughly rinse your mouth instead.
Keep making dental appointments. Your mouth contains billions of bacteria. While most of this bacteria actually plays a beneficial role in the protection of your long-term health, some strands actually reek havoc. Like any other cool, damp, and dark place, bacteria thrives in the mouth. Bad oral bacteria is especially prone to grow quickly when you don’t brush enough. Receiving regular dental care in Monroe, WA allows our hygienists to remove deposits of harmful bacteria that accumulate on the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. The less harmful bacteria in your mouth, the healthier your teeth and gums.
Flossing really does matter. We see it all the time; patients who don’t floss nearly as much as they should. While flossing may seem like a secondary habit, it actually plays an important role your toothbrush just cannot match. Flossing helps to remove harmful bacteria from areas of your mouth – between teeth and below the gum line – too easily missed by your toothbrush.
Don’t obsess over how white your teeth. While everyone would love a brilliantly bright smile, the shade of your teeth actually suggests very little about their overall health. Cosmetically, teeth can be whitened to remove the stains that accumulate over a lifetime of drinking coffee, tea, soda, and wine. But just because teeth look good on the outside doesn’t mean they’re healthy inside. Gum health and cavities matter far more to the long-term health of your teeth than their color.
Not everyone needs dentures. It’s easy for a lot of people to automatically assume that getting older means a need for dentures. That’s just not the case. If you prioritize taking care of your teeth, and you’re not genetically predisposed to any harmful oral health problems, your teeth can actually last a lifetime.
Don’t forget the tongue. Foul smelling bacteria can build up on the surface of your tongue just as easily as it can between teeth and along the gum line. Taking a minute after brushing to gently scrub your tongue with your brush or tongue scraper can remove excess bacteria that can otherwise contribute to foul smelling breath.