3 Steps To Keeping A Healthy Mouth

  • March 17, 2016

Here’s a dirty secret: Some dentists are doing it for the money.

It’s unfortunate, but it is true.

At Forever Young Dentistry, we see what we do as a service for you and your family. We would rather prevent a cavity from forming than give you a filling after the cavity has already damaged your tooth.

Keeping your mouth free from tooth decay and gum disease is important for your oral health, but it’s also important for your overall health.

This is why we encourage you to follow three steps to a healthy mouth. Brush every day, floss every day, and visit our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, at least twice a year for routine cleanings and care.

Step One: Brushing Your Teeth

You probably learned that you should brush your teeth every day when you were younger, but it never hurts to be reminded.

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. When you brush, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.

Here’s something else to keep in mind, you only need a pea-sized squeeze of toothpaste when you brush. A little bit will go a long way, regardless of what you see in toothpaste commercials.

Be sure to scrub your teeth gently on all sides. This will remove bacteria and plaque from most of the surface area of your teeth.

We also want to warn you against overbrushing. Brushing more than three times per day can wear down your enamel, which is how your teeth protect themselves from tooth decay.

Also, don’t brush too hard. If you can feel the bristles buckling against your teeth, then you may be brushing too hard. This too can wear down your gums as well as the enamel on your teeth.

Step Two: Flossing Every Day

In a recent survey, 40 percent of Americans said they follow the ADA guidelines to floss on a daily basis. That’s 6 out of 10 who don’t (and that’s assuming the 40 percent weren’t lying about how often they floss).

You need to floss every day to clean the areas between your teeth and the spaces between your teeth and gums.

Here’s the most important thing about flossing: That you do it.

It does not matter if you use a thicker or thinner type of floss. It does not matter if your floss is flavorless, minty, or some other flavor. It does not matter if your floss is waxed or unwaxed.

The only thing that matters is that you use that dental floss to remove the bacteria and plaque from the places you can’t reach with your toothbrush every day.

When you floss, start by breaking off about 18 inches of the dental floss that you prefer. Then wrap the ends around your middle fingers. Hold the floss with your thumbs and forefingers and work the floss between each of your teeth and behind your back teeth.

If you can’t or won’t use dental floss, then you should look into alternative interdental cleaners. Be sure to find one with an ADA Accepted seal, and make sure you understand how to use it to get the best results.

Step Three: Cleanings And Examinations

You may be wondering why professional cleanings and exams are important if you are brushing and flossing like you should.

Nobody is perfect. When you brush, you may have a habit of brushing the same way every time. You may be neglecting some parts of your mouth without realizing. it. Your exam allows us to address potential problems before they get out of hand.

A professional cleaning will remove any tartar buildup as well as any plaque or bacteria that you may have missed.

We also will check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If we find something, we can start your treatment sooner rather than later. This can make your treatment less invasive and more effective.

And we also will check for signs of oral cancer. This is not something anyone likes to think about, but it is something we would prefer to catch in the early stages if we can.

Working Together

Preventive dental care takes teamwork with you working with our team to meet your general dentistry needs. Forever Young Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI, is here if you need to a correct an oral health problem, but we would prefer to prevent them instead.

To schedule your next dental cleaning, call 586-698-7135 or fill out our online appointment form.