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Proper Cleaning of Your Teeth

Proper Cleaning of Your Teeth

    Because you only visit the dentist twice per year for professional teeth cleaning, it’s important to know exactly how to clean your teeth at home. Practicing excellent oral hygiene habits consistently is the best way to ensure that you won’t need additional dental work between your preventive check-ups. Commit to Brushing and Flossing Twice a Day Brushing your teeth after eating breakfast in the morning and before going to bed at night is the easiest way to ensure good oral health. The dentists at Smiles of Elgin recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride. Hold your toothbrush at an angle and use repetitive circular motions on each tooth for the best results. Our staff is happy to demonstrate this technique at your next routine appointment. Flossing your teeth after brushing helps to remove food particles, plaque, and tartar that your toothbrush could not reach. According to the American Dental Association, neglecting to floss regularly means that you are leaving approximately one-third of your tooth surfaces unclean. Be sure to use a fresh string of floss each time and pull it back and forth between each tooth several times. If you are new to flossing, your gums may bleed at first until the practice becomes a habit. Please inform your dentist if you continue to experience bleeding after several days. Other Important Habits That Promote Good Oral Health Lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking soda or coffee, chewing tobacco, or eating an unhealthy diet all have a major effect on your teeth as well as your overall health. If you smoke or chew tobacco,...

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

The health of your gums and teeth can have a big affect on the overall health of your body. There are many health risks that are linked to poor oral hygiene. Adults that suffer from periodontal disease (swollen, bleeding gums) are at risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels and strokes. Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to the development of infection in other parts of the body. Research has linked gum disease to rheumatoid arthritis (causes inflammation of the joints). Also people that suffer from diabetes often have gum disease. A healthy mouth that’s free of gum disease and cavities leads to a healthy body. Your quality of life is bound to be better, there’s no need to worry about aching teeth or infections in your mouth to distract you. Remember to teach your children good oral hygiene habits, its never to early to start. Good habits to practice are brushing twice a day, floss at least once a day before bed and remember to see your dentist regularly for check- ups and cleanings. The choice for a better life is in your...