Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

There is much more to oral hygiene than a perfect pearly-white smile, fresh breath, and that squeaky-clean sensation all around your teeth and tongue. Of course, they are important indicators about the state of your oral health, and they are often the first thing people may notice when they meet you. However, some aspects of oral hygiene require the trained eye of a dentist, including diseases such as tooth decay and gingivitis. At West Gate Dental, we are committed to providing the help you and your children need for the foundation of a great, healthy smile, whether it’s helping you develop a daily routine or treating more serious issues.

Oral Hygiene At Home

In between your visits to the dentist, the best way to keep your teeth and gums clean and free of disease is to practice a daily routine of oral hygiene. Your regular routine should include the following:

  • Brushing and Flossing: The bread and butter of oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help remove plaque, which can turn sugars from foods into acids that cause tooth decay and other diseases.
  • Getting enough fluoride: Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and prevents decay, and it is essential for a child’s developing teeth. You should check if your municipal water is fluoridated, and you should also use a fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Limit snacks between meals: Sugary snacks are the perfect fuel for decay-causing bacteria. Give your mouth a break and limit your treats to mealtimes.
  • Use a mouthrinse: They can do more than just mask bad breath. Therapeutic rinses contain anti-bacterial and cavity-fighting ingredients, and they are another effective method of controlling plaque and preventing cavities.
  • Quit tobacco: You can greatly decrease your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay by quitting smoking or smokeless tobacco. 
  • Examine your mouth regularly: Once you’ve established a routine, you’ll quickly recognize any changes in your mouth as well as things that don’t feel or look normal. Be on the lookout for chipped teeth, swollen gums, or sores. Please let us know as soon as possible if you find something of concern.

See Your Dentist Regularly

As much as keeping up your own oral hygiene program is important, regular dental visits also play a critical role in oral health for you and your family. During a checkup, your dentist can assess the general condition of your oral health, point out any potential trouble spots, and offer suggestions for preventative care. Of course, your dentist also provides professional cleanings and treatments for any problems with your teeth or gums.

Our goal at West Gate Dental is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. We want our patients to have the best chance at making this goal a reality by following a conscientious program of oral hygiene. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or schedule an appointment at our Lincoln office. We hope to see you soon!