The "secret" to keeping your teeth for life involves more than one secret. The first is that there is no real secret; in fact, there really is no great difficulty involved. Follow this simple four-step process - brush, floss, rinse, and visit our Broken Arrow, OK office regularly - and you will have healthy teeth for life!
You should brush your teeth two minutes twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once at night. Three times a day will not hurt. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with light pressure; you do not want to scrub away your gums or tooth enamel. Remember the dental motto: "Brush longer, not harder!"
Make flossing part of your daily routine, at least once a daily. Flossing is important for more that just removing food particles between your teeth. The process also helps to remove bacteria that you cannot see. Bacterial build-up turns into plaque, or calculus: a cement-like substance commonly called tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
Mouthwash does more than freshen your breath. Although mouthwash does NOT substitute for brushing and flossing, rinses help to kill the bacteria that lead to plaque formation and gum disease. This extra step can go a long way toward having healthy teeth for life.
REGULAR DENTAL VISITS
You should have a professional cleaning at our office on average twice a year. Some patients benefit from more frequent cleanings. Your hygienist will remove any plaque build-up to prevent gingivitis, which if left untreated can become full-blown gum disease that is called periodontitis, which leads to tooth loss.