If you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, then you’re on the right track to excellent oral hygiene. However, simply going through the motions every day doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing a good job. A consistently clean and healthy smile depends on professional maintenance, as well as proper oral hygiene. To help ensure that you’re getting the most out of your toothbrush and floss, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, explores what constitutes good dental hygiene, and how to get the most out of your routine dental care.
How Effective are Your Toothbrush and Floss?
When it comes to cleaning debris, plaque, and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, forceful scrubbing can do more damage than good. A harsh hand, or harsh toothbrush, can peel the protective layer of enamel off of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable and exposed to tooth decay-causing bacteria. Without adequate enamel, your teeth can also sustain structural damage (i.e., cracks and fractures) from everyday use. Be sure to brush your teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
You Really Should Attend Professional Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Even with excellent, gentle teeth brushing, your healthy smile still requires regular professional attention. Dental plaque, which consists of over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria, can harden, or calcify, after a couple of days. Since tartar is insoluble, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush and dental floss. You can help ensure that your mouth remains clean and healthy by visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. Dr. Hussong will thoroughly clean every surface of every tooth, as well as check for early signs of disease to increase your chances of avoiding dental diseases.
Expert Dental Care with Your Des Moines Dentist
To learn more about the importance of good oral hygiene and how to improve your smile care routine, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong by calling your Des Moines dentist’s office at (515) 984-6001. Serving the 50226 area, Cornerstone Dental proudly welcomes families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.