By Mike White, DDS
June 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Why good oral hygiene habits are important

When you practice good oral hygiene, you are protecting your smile and also your general health. Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, oral hygieneWashington wants you to know what you need to do to safeguard the health of your smile, so you can enjoy your smile for life.

Your oral hygiene program should be designed with a specific goal in mind; you need to thoroughly remove bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth on a regular basis. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth undisturbed, the millions of bad bacteria in plaque will produce toxins which infect your soft tissue and destroy your teeth and bone.

A good oral hygiene routine should only take a few minutes out of your day, but the benefits will last your lifetime. Dr. Michael White wants you to incorporate just a few simple tasks into your routine. To ensure great oral health, remember to:

Brush your teeth thoroughly after eating and before you go to bed. Always use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, or a sonic or electric toothbrush. Never use a hard toothbrush because it can cause receding gums and tooth abrasion or sensitivity.

Floss at least once a day. Using a single piece of floss cleans the best because you can wrap around tooth surfaces fully, cleaning areas with difficult access. If you have dexterity issues, you can also use floss threaders or picks.

A good oral hygiene routine isn’t complete without regular visits to Dr. Michael White for examinations, x-rays and professional dental cleanings. You should visit every six months for dental cleanings, and at least once a year for x-rays and exam.

Good oral hygiene means a healthy smile, and you deserve to enjoy a great looking, healthy smile for life. It’s important to partner with Dr. Michael White to provide comprehensive care for the health of your smile. Call Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington and find out more about why good oral hygiene habits are important. Call today!