If you just had a dental cleaning in our Somerset dental office, you probably want to keep your smile looking and feeling great between visits. Nothing makes you feel great like a fresh, clean smile.
Here are a couple of tips to keep your smile looking and feeling great until your next dental cleaning appointment.
Avoid sugary and starchy snacks. Bacteria love to eat sugar. Starches begin to transform into sugar when it comes in contact with the digestive enzymes in your saliva, so both types of foods can be a problem, especially in the deep grooves of your molar teeth and around your gumline.
Brushing, Flossing, and Plaque Buildup
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once per day to remove the biofilm and plaque from your teeth. Plaque forms when food particles mix with saliva. This provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
When you floss, make sure you floss as much of the surface of your teeth as possible on both sides of the small v-shaped gum tissue between your teeth. This is called your papilla.
If you find that you build a lot of plaque, you can brush with a dry toothbrush before adding fluoride toothpaste and water. A dry toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque because it creates more friction. It is not necessary to press harder.
Each person is different and your level of plaque will depend largely upon your biology, diet, home care, and if you take vitamins that contain large amounts of minerals. Minerals can collect on your teeth. You don’t have to stop taking your vitamins, just be sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings.
As you brush and floss your teeth in between your dental cleanings in our Somerset dental office, make note of any changes to the health of your gum tissue. Bleeding is an indication that something is wrong. You might have something caught in your gums or your might be developing gum disease. If you have questions about your dental routine, please feel free to contact our Somerset, KY office today!