dental hygiene

Dental Hygiene in Evanston, WY

Did you know that you may have up to 1000 different kinds of bacteria in your mouth?

Yuck!

This can be fine at healthy levels, but when you get an excess amount, it can really do some damage to your oral health.

That’s because bacteria in the mouth thrive on foods with lots of sugar and starch (milk, soft drinks, candy, or raisins). As the bacteria in the mouth feed on those sugars on the teeth, they produce acid which will destroy tooth enamel. This can result in decay, cavities, and unhealthy gums. The good news is that there are ways to help prevent these problems.

Brush Your Teeth

The most basic and easiest way to reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque on your teeth is to simply brush them. It is recommended that you brush two times a day, but any time you can brush after a meal be beneficial. Also remember to use a soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and brush at an angle and not too hard to prevent receding gums.

Floss

While brushing your teeth can help get rid of the surface plaque, it can still leave plaque around the edges and between your teeth. That’s why it is recommended that you floss once per day. Just like brushing, you want to make sure you get in and around your teeth, leaving no bacteria behind. That’s why many have started flossing with water picks, which can help get to those really hard-to-reach places.

Mouthwash

For a little added protection, you can end your routine by swishing some mouthwash around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds. This helps get rid of any harmful bacteria.

Other tips include eating a healthy diet, reducing sugar intake, or switching out desserts for yogurt.

The most important step of all is to keep coming in for your routine, bi-annual checkup. That way we can check your teeth and oral health, thus catching potential problems early to prevent them from becoming larger problems down the road.

Give us a call today to schedule your next routine exam and cleaning in Evanston, WY! We love to see your healthy smile!