Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits

A bright, healthy smile starts with a good oral hygiene routine. Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, your Henderson, NV dentists at oral hygieneGreen Valley Dental Center share a few important oral hygiene tips.

Brush away plaque

Brushing your teeth removes plaque, a transparent film that can cause cavities. Plaque forms constantly and can make your teeth feel a little rough. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day gets rid of plaque and lowers your risk of tooth decay.

Plaque can eventually turn into a hard deposit called tartar if you don't remove it promptly. If you've ever noticed gray or brown spots on your teeth that don't go away after you brush, you have tartar. Tartar increases your risk of gum disease and can only be removed at your dentist's office.

Use tooth-friendly products

The type of toothbrush you use is particularly important. Brushes with hard bristles tend to erode tooth enamel and may even cause your gums to recede. Soft bristle brushes don't hurt your enamel and are just as effective at removing plaque. When you buy toothpaste and mouth rinses, choose products that contain fluoride, an ingredient that helps strengthen tooth enamel. Many mouth rinses also kill bacteria in your mouth. Look for products advertised as "antimicrobial" or "antibacterial."

Make time for flossing

Daily flossing gets rid of plaque between your teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing not only removes plaque but helps remove food particles that can lead to bad breath. Special flossing picks and brushes are ideal for cleaning hard-to-reach spots.

Don't skip dental appointments

Twice-yearly dental appointments are an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. During visits, the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth before it can cause decay or gum disease. Visits also include a thorough dental exam and X-rays when needed. If you keep up with those visits, any cavities that your dentist does spot will more likely be small and easy to treat.

Keep your smile healthy with good oral hygiene habits! Call Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, your Henderson, NV dentists, at (702) 896-8933 to schedule your next dental exam.