The Basics of Oral Hygiene, with Your Polk City Dentist

With all that we’ve learned about dental health over the last few hundred years, a list of things you should know about your teeth would be immense. Or perhaps it would not be. While there is much to know about the dangers of poor oral hygiene, if you know only a few specific details, the rest could be reduced to interesting trivia. Collectively, these few key points are known as good oral hygiene. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth is the common denominator in preventing most oral issues. Unfortunately, a recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) shows that many Americans lack oral hygiene knowledge. Dedicated to the dental health and overall wellbeing of our readers and patients, Polk City dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong outlines the basics of good oral hygiene.

What You Should Know

  • While brushing your teeth after every meal would be ideal, it is not always possible. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day, especially before bedtime.
  • For best results, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has the ADA seal approval, and brush gently. Coarse bristles and rough brushing can wear away your enamel, which is your tooth’s first and strongest line of defense against tooth decay.
  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, and be sure to brush every surface of every tooth. It only takes a small amount of plaque to jeopardize your oral health.
  • The ADA also recommends that you floss at least once a day. Flossing removes the plaque from between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • While sugar is a major contributing factor to developing cavities, it is not the sole cause. Sugar’s role in tooth decay involves feeding the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. Brushing and flossing limits the bacterial population, reducing the amount of acid produced.
  • Do not wait until your teeth hurt to see the dentist. Attend a checkup at least once every six months to allow Dr. Hussong to inspect your mouth for early signs of infection.

To learn more about excellent dental health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hussong by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. We serve families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities