Practicing Proper Oral Hygiene

Practicing Proper Oral HygieneResearch has shown that your oral health is closely linked to your overall health, making your oral hygiene routine just as important to your daily health practices as your diet and exercise. Brushing alone may not be enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Learn how to maintain optimum oral health and gain the maximum benefits from your oral hygiene habits.

•    Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice daily or after meals by holding a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and using fluoride toothpaste. Change your toothbrush every three months or whenever bristles appear worn.
•    Brush or scrape the tongue to remove more bacteria and improve breath.
•    Rinse mouth thoroughly with water.
•    Floss teeth every day to remove plaque from surfaces between teeth.
•    Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit starchy or high carbohydrate foods, particularly in between meals.

Our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist may suggest other oral hygiene procedures as well, depending on your particular situation, including, among other things:

•    Fluoridated mouth rinse to strengthen and remineralize your teeth
•    An oral irrigator to rinse particles from around and between your teeth
•    An anti-microbial mouth rinse to reduce the bacteria that contribute to gum disease

Good oral hygiene habits can go a long way towards maintaining your oral health, but it is important to visit our Los Angeles dentist every six months or more often as indicated. If you notice any signs of gum disease such as red, swollen, or irritated gums, or if you experience pain or noticeable decay, make an appointment today.

Source: Los Angeles Dentist

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