The Benefits of Proper Oral Hygiene for Healthy Teeth & Gums
Dr. Matthew Wolfe: Proper oral hygiene is very important. We pride ourselves on educating our patients on how to keep their mouths clean. When I say, "Keep the mouth clean," I mean keep the bacteria off the teeth and off the gums. What the bacteria does is, it releases an acid, and when it's sitting on the teeth, it creates a hole in the tooth, which eventually becomes a cavity. Ways to keep the teeth clean include brushing two times a day, once in the morning, and once at night for about two minutes each time. Flossing once a day is a great way to get at the areas that the toothbrush can't reach, in between the teeth.
If there's spaces in between the teeth where food tends to get caught frequently, special picks can be used to clean those areas out, and keep the bacteria out of those areas. Finally, we always recommend a fluoride mouth rinse. The fluoride makes the teeth more resistant to the acid that the bacteria creates, making the teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities. So proper oral hygiene at home, and regular dental visits, are a great way to make sure that your teeth remain healthy.