Brushing and flossing are the most basic habits you can practice to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It’s important to be sure that you’re doing them well in order to make sure that they’re effective. B&G Family Dentistry provides regular exams and cleanings, as well as other dental treatments, to care for the teeth of patients in Livingston, TX. Here are a few tips for you to better care for your teeth at home.
It’s recommended that you floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. These practices prevent the buildup of plaque, the cause of both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Be sure not to brush too hard though – use a gentle technique as aggressive brushing can cause damage to the gums and/or tooth enamel. For patients with some form of dental disease, it may be advisable to brush or floss more frequently.
Most people overlook this tip, but it is recommended that you change your toothbrush approximately every three months. If you notice that your toothbrush bristles are becoming worn or splayed it’s best to get a new (soft-bristle) brush sooner rather than later.
Many patients may choose the type of toothpaste they use depending on the flavor or texture. This is fine, as long as the toothpaste chosen contains fluoride. This naturally-occurring mineral is very beneficial to the teeth enamel because it strengthens it and can help repair minor damage. Fluoride can also prevent the formation of hardened plaque (tartar and calculus) on the teeth.
If you experience tooth sensitivity, it is recommended that you make an appointment at B&G Family Dentistry for an evaluation so that we can determine the cause. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is gum recession, which can be due to gum disease or natural aging. As the gums recede, the tooth roots become more exposed, causing discomfort when you eat hot or cold foods or put pressure on your teeth when you brush. Special toothpastes made for tooth sensitivity can help, but it’s best to receive treatment to take care of the problem.
Our team at B&G Family Dentistry will be happy to provide additional guidance on brushing and flossing if you have any questions. We are available to maintain oral health in Livingston, TX.