Oral hygiene — you know it’s important. But, what is it exactly?
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. What you put in it and how you take care of it has a direct and significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. That is why oral hygiene is so important for everyone, at every stage of life.
Dr. Mark Brooks and the caring, professional team at Highland Dental are here to take care of your teeth and educate you on how to maintain excellent long-term oral health.
What’s the key to good oral hygiene? Let’s start with the basics:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is something you learn from an early age, and it never stops being relevant. No matter how old you are, brushing twice a day is an essential step in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. We strongly recommend using a soft toothbrush and brushing for two minutes each morning and night. If you can brush after every meal, even better. Just remember to be thorough, but gentle to avoid damaging your tooth enamel.
- Floss every single day. We cannot stress enough how important flossing is to having a healthy mouth. Every time you eat, food gets stuck between your teeth. Even if you can’t see it, it’s there. If that food is not removed, it begins to break down into sugar, which attracts bacteria that breed and cause plaque to form between your teeth and along the gum line. Plaque leads to tooth decay, which harms and weakens your teeth, often causing pain and sensitivity and eventually leading to tooth loss. Flossing every day disrupts this cycle and protects and preserves your teeth. We recommend flossing at night before bed, but flossing after every meal provides even better protection for your teeth.
- Visit Highland Dental every 6 months! No matter how diligent you are with brushing and flossing, it is important to see a dentist at least twice a year. The dentist is your best ally in the fight against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. A dentist is a highly skilled, trained professional who can spot and treat a number of issues before they become serious problems. Plus, your dentist is an expert in oral hygiene who can help you better understand how to properly care for your teeth and mouth.
Your teeth and mouth are essential parts of your body and have a huge influence on your health. Take care of them by brushing and flossing at home and visiting Highland Dental, the most trusted dentist in St. Paul, MN, for routine checkups and cleanings every six months.
If you are looking for a new dentist or you have concerns about your oral health, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mark Brooks, one of the most experienced dentists in the St. Paul, MN area.