How often do you brush and floss your teeth? Most adults today were taught at an early age to brush their teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once. Hopefully, you’ve carried that tradition into your adulthood and continue to adhere to the ritual. However, about 80% of adults in America have gum disease, and over 90% have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. Many people may neglect their dental hygiene routines, or believe that brushing and flossing is the alpha and omega of dental care and therefore do nothing more. Polk City dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong explains that there is more to proper hygiene than brushing and flossing, and why you should strictly adhere to the principles of a strong and healthy mouth.
Do Not Feed the Bacteria (or at least, Not So Much)
The purpose of brushing and flossing is to control the amount of dental plaque that accumulates on your teeth and gums. This sticky substance is comprised mostly of oral bacteria, which can damage your teeth and gums if allowed to proliferate. Some of these germs consume sugar and other fermentable carbs, turning them into lactic acid that destroys your tooth enamel and leaves your tooth vulnerable to bacterial infection. Others can induce inflammation in your soft oral tissue and facilitate the development of gum disease. While each performs differently, all bacteria grow and multiply faster when they gather together and feed off the food particles in your mouth. Controlling these germs and the food debris that strengthens them drastically reduces your chances of developing oral health issues.
Treat Your Dental Issues Early
A major component of your dental hygiene, which many people seem to neglect, is to attend a routine dental checkup and cleaning at least every six months, or sooner if recommended. If plaque remains on your teeth for more than 48 hours, it will calcify (harden) into tartar, which requires the professional tools of your dentist or dental hygienist to remove. Aside from plaque control, however, your dental checkup will allow Dr. Hussong to thoroughly inspect your mouth for early signs of infection and/or disease. Like most health issues, detecting and treating your dental troubles early provide the best chance of successful treatment without the need for invasive procedures.
Exceptional Family Dental Care in Polk City
To learn more about dental hygiene and the importance of a clean mouth, schedule a consultation with your Polk City family dentist 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.