Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits

By J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

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If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, it’s time to ask yourself, why not? There are many reasons to practice good oral hygiene habits, and some reasons you may not think of. Dr. J. Michael Plyler in Hot Springs, AR, wants to share the facts about why and how you should practice good oral hygiene habits.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits directly results in less plaque accumulation on your teeth. Why is plaque such a big deal? It’s because plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins which can inflame, infect, and destroy your soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (your supporting bone and teeth) causing gum and periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits means you are reducing and eliminating plaque accumulation as frequently and thoroughly as you can, before bacterial plaque can cause damage. You can reduce and eliminate plaque if you:

Brush after each meal and before you go to bed; always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your enamel, and fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your enamel. Brush gently, in a circular motion, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.

Floss at least once during the day with unwaxed or waxed floss, whichever you prefer. Flossing is the only way to clean in between your teeth, where decay and disease often starts. Remember to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between teeth. In this way, you can be sure the floss is still adhering to the tooth surface.

An important part of any good oral hygiene program is visiting your dentist at least once each year, and your dental hygienist at least every six months. Your dentist can diagnose and treat any small dental issues that may arise, and your dental hygienist can monitor the health of your gums and remove plaque, calculus, and stains to keep your smile bright and healthy.

You owe it to yourself and your smile to keep good oral hygiene habits. You deserve to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life. To find out more about dental health and services call Dr. Plyler in Hot Springs, AR, today!