By now you may have already seen the value of daily oral hygiene when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth with strong teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing in between the teeth and along the gum line at least once daily, along with eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals, you are greatly boosting the oral environment in your mouth.
Keeping your mouth clean is the number one goal of oral hygiene care. Bacteria continually thrive in the oral cavity and are created and magnified whenever you eat and drink but especially sweet or starchy items. This is also the time when food particles and oral debris amass to contribute to this buildup. Brushing and flossing every day help keep this accumulation to a minimum so that it doesn’t get a chance to wear down tooth enamel or irritate gums tissue. Ultimately, your goal is to keep tooth decay and gum disease away from your smile.
To understand why you need to clean your teeth and gums daily, it helps to know what plaque is and how it affects your oral environment. When you run your tongue across your teeth before brushing them, you might notice a sticky film. This soft, colorless substance is a combination of millions of oral bacteria, saliva and food residue. Every time you eat, the sugars in the food feed this oral bacteria which then release acids that wear down tooth enamel. If you don’t remove plaque daily, it will build up and harden into a more visible, thick, white deposit. Left alone, hardened plaque can cause holes in the enamel, resulting in tooth decay and irritating the gum tissue resulting in gingivitis (gum disease). Because plaque is always building up in your mouth, your best protection is brushing and flossing consistently every day and having twice-yearly routine dental cleanings to remove calcified plaque deposits.
What you can do
Dr. Gorelik recommends using the Sonicare electric toothbrush when it comes to brushing your pearly whites. Sonicare’s proven track record clears away up to 10 times more plaque than regular toothbrushes. This brushing marvel is seven times healthier for gum tissue and leaves up to 100% fewer stains on your teeth, making oral hygiene easier and your smile happier.
To help rid yourself of harmful plaque between teeth and along the gumline, Dr. Gorelik recommends Cocofloss as your flossing tool of choice. This floss uses hundreds of polyester and microfiber filaments to remove the plaque biofilm. As the name suggests, Cocofloss also contains coconut oil which helps heal gum tissue and any bleeding you might experience while flossing the gumline.
To finish your brushing and flossing routine, you’ll want to rinse with a mouthwash to lessen harmful bacterial residue in the mouth. Dr. Gorelik highly recommends using TRIOLOGY®, an oral rinse containing over 20 antioxidants to keep your smile healthy. It even helps keep dry mouth at bay while fighting gum disease.
To learn more about taking care of your smile at home, please give our office a call today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gorelik and our skilled team are happy to see you at least twice a year in our spa-like environment to help your smile thrive!