Tips for Good Oral Hygiene and Healthy Smiles

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene and Healthy Smiles

There are many bacteria living inside the mouth. These bacteria build up as plaque, causing tooth cavities, gingivitis which leads to periodontal diseases.

  • Brush and floss your mouth
  • Rinse after every meal
  • Minimize sugary and starchy food

Maintaining good oral hygiene is necessary every day for healthy smiles.

Where does tooth decay come from?

The food you eat causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. Sugary, starchy and other types of food are the main reasons of plaque that causes acid formation. The dental plaque created from bacteria produces substances which create-

  • Irritation in gums
  • Make red, sensitive and prone to bleeding

This lead to gum disease; gums pull away from the teeth and form tooth decay.

How can I prevent tooth decay?

Bayside Family Dentistry advices the best way to prevent tooth decay and remove plaque is brushing your teeth every day. Brush your teeth twice a day as it removes plaque from the tooth surfaces.

Did you know tooth decay is actually an infectious disease?

There are at least 300 bacteria live inside your mouth. These bacteria cause tooth decay and spread like other infectious diseases.

Proper brushing and flossing techniques

Bayside Family Dentistry recommends the following brushing and flossing techniques for your teeth.

  • Brushing:
    • Place toothbrush at 45-degree angle against the gums.
    • Move the brush back and forth gently in small stokes.
    • Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
    • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria.
  • Flossing:
    • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
    • Move it gently between your teeth.
    • Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
    • Move the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.

To increase the cleanliness of your mouth, rinse it after every meal.

Using a scientific, evidence-based approach to prevent cavities

Dentists at Bayside Family Dentistry are experts that help you maintain good oral hygiene and healthy smile. Their aim is to provide a comprehensive treatment through regular examination, cleanings and preventative measures.