The Benefits of Proper Oral Hygiene for Healthy Teeth & Gums

When harmful bacteria stays on your teeth and gums, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. It's important to clean those hard to reach areas to remove the harmful bacteria. Dentist in Rochester Hills, MI Dr. Matthew Wolfe (248) 266-0385 Proper oral hygiene is extremely important. We pride ourselves in educating our patients about the best ways to keep their mouth clean and avoid dental issues. If bacteria is left on the teeth and gums it will release an acid that creates a hole in your tooth known as a cavity. To avoid this you should: brush your teeth twice per day, floss once a day, use a special pick for the hard to reach areas where food hide, use a fluroide mouth rinse and schedule regular dental appointments. If you need a Family Dentist in Rochester Hills, MI who is committed to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile, contact our office for a new patient consultation.

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.