Most people understand that brushing and flossing daily is as important as eating at least three meals a day. But do you know why? Prevention is the first practice in dental hygiene that Dr. Wright encourages. Before you schedule a visit with him and his team in Southlake, Tx, understand that the preventive care you enact during your oral health routines could mean the difference between extensive treatment from your dentist or a simple cleaning from the hygienist. The best thing you can do for your oral health and your wallet is prevent issues from occurring now instead of dealign with them when they do happen.
Protecting Your Mouth
Did you know that there have been at least 600 bacteria, good and bad, identified to live and thrive in side your mouth with even more that are unidentified? The studies also show that a healthy amount of bacteria in your mouth equate to a small grouping but fully reserved and ready for action. These bacteria thrive in the moist, warm environment, which means they metabolized certain sustenance you eat and slowly but consistently threaten your tooth enamel and gum tissue.
Unfortunately, you cannot eliminate bacteria entirely, since they are vital for your mouth’s environmental balance. However, you can practice brushing and flossing twice a day and the following list of items to prevent bad bacteria from getting out of hand:
- Limit your snacking.
- Make water your primary beverage of choice at every meal.
- If you chew gum, pick the sugar-less kind.
- Frequent your dentist for checkups and cleanings (at least twice a year).
A Dental Cleaning Insight
When you visit the dental office and request a cleaning, your dental hygienist accomplishes a few different milestones for your oral health.
Plaque Removal: Your brushing and flossing will not extract or remove all the plaque from your teeth and gumline. The hygienist uses dental instruments to remove plaque and tarar from your teeth and hard to reach places your brush can’t reach.
Suggestions: Your dental hygienist has direct line of sight at your brushing technique and stroke. They will, in most cases, suggest a specific region to focus on with brushing and flossing more intently until you visit the office again.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.