Q: What Is The Proper Flossing Technique?
Do you not floss because you don’t know the proper flossing techniques? If this is the case, we have the proper flossing technique for you! The simple steps are as follows:
- Start with about 20 inches of floss and wrap each end around your corresponding middle finger, leaving around 2 inches of floss to work with.
- Keep the floss pulled tightly by holding it between your thumbs and index fingers.
- Slide gently between each tooth, making sure you don’t damage your gums, and curve the floss around each tooth to make sure you clean them thoroughly.
- Make sure you use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
Using this technique, you will put yourself in the position to have cleaner, healthier teeth and gums.
Q: How Do I Choose The Correct Toothbrush?
Brushing your teeth is an incredibly important part of maintaining the cleanliness of your teeth. If you don’t maintain the cleanliness of your teeth, you put yourself in danger of decay, gingivitis, and advanced gum disease. So, choosing the correct toothbrush becomes an important part of maintaining your oral health. The most effective way to find out what kind of toothbrush is best for you is to consult your dentist. We will be happy to help you. In the meantime, there are a few guidelines to follow:
- Pay attention to the hardness of the bristles on the toothbrush. Most dentists prefer a soft-bristled toothbrush because it is believed to do the best job of cleaning in between teeth without damaging your gums.
- Get a small-headed toothbrush. A small-headed toothbrush is almost always preferred because it more easily gets to those hard-to-reach places in the mouth.
- The type of toothbrush may vary depending on personal preference. A certain type of handle or head shape may fit you better. Choose what best suits your mouth.
Q: What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?
Gum disease results from bacteria building up in your mouth as a result of it not being cleaned well enough. The first sign that you may have gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria in plaque buildup begin to make your gums inflamed, resulting in bleeding gums during brushing. If this starts to happen, it is important to know that this mild form of the disease can be reversed.
If gingivitis is left untreated, advanced gum disease may start to take over. Your gums will start to pull away from your teeth, and your breath will begin to smell (halitosis). As the gums recede, small pockets will form in between the gums and the teeth that collect debris and become infected. The combination of all of these things can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and debilitating oral health. Make an appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental to receive one of our treatments that can help the fight against gum disease.
Q: How often should I visit the dentist?
A good guideline to follow is to schedule two dental checkups each year. During your visits, you will have a professional dental cleaning and exam. This gives us the opportunity to remove tartar and plaque buildup (which reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease). We also will watch for any signs of problems so we can address them as early as possible.
For people with chronic oral health issues, more frequent dental visits may be necessary to prevent recurring problems from getting out of hand. If you would like to schedule a checkup for yourself or your family, contact us online to request an appointment at either of our locations.