By Jason Ciminieri, DDS –
Good oral health is so much more than just a pretty smile. The health of your teeth and gums can also have an effect on your overall health. We are finding new connections everyday between oral health and your overall health. This article will go over some of the most important tips to keeping a healthy mouth.
You’ve heard it many times and it’s true — basic oral care involves proper brushing and flossing, and seeing your dentist and dental hygienist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings. Here’s some more information to shed light on the importance of keeping your mouth clean and healthy…
Practice Good Brushing
The toothbrush is the world’s most basic dental care instrument. While styles have changed over the centuries, the basic function remains the same – removing bacterial plaque from the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
. Brush 2 minutes, twice a day – Proper brushing is very important to the removal of plaque. Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and make circular motions with the brush. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Also, you should brush your teeth after breakfast and before you go to bed EVERYDAY.
. Use the proper equipment – Using the right toothpaste and toothbrush are some of the most important parts of keeping a clean mouth. The best option is to use an electric toothbrush. I can tell which patients use electric brushes because their cleaning visits go by so quickly. If you don’t have an electric brush, then you should only use a SOFT bristled brush. Hard bristle brushes can lead to excessive wear and even gum recession. When it comes to toothpaste, there are so many to choose from. They can be divided into a few categories: 1) desensitizing 2) whitening 3) anti-tartar or anti-calculus. Unless you have extremely sensitive teeth, I would recommend that you use toothpaste from the anti-tartar category on a regular basis. Whitening toothpaste usually doesn’t have any whitening properties other than having more abrasives in them to remove more surface stains.
Brushing only reaches 65% of your tooth surfaces. The tight spaces between your teeth or under your gum line can’t be reached with the bristles of a toothbrush. That’s why flossing is so important because it can reach the areas your toothbrush can’t.
While it is commonly thought that you should visit your dental office twice a year for professional cleanings, some people may require more frequent visits depending on their oral health. Your dentist will be able to tell you which category you fall under. The deciding factor is the health of your gums and whether or not you have had gum disease.
A healthy mouth is more than just keeping your teeth and gums clean. There are other factors, some out of your control, that can lead to serious problems. Here is a list of some common issues:
1) Grinding or bruxism: Excessive grinding or clenching of the jaws. This can lead to many problems, including tooth wear and soreness of the jaw and even headaches. There is an easy solution, get a night guard. Night guards not only help preserve your tooth structure, but they also help alleviate the soreness and pain.
2) Missing teeth: Spaces in the mouth can lead to many problems like difficulty in chewing, shifting of adjacent teeth, and food impaction leading to painful areas. With the latest developments in implant dentistry, missing teeth should be a thing of the past. With the help of implants, we can now add teeth that were missing and even help stabilize dentures and partials.
3) Unhealthy eating habits: You can be the best brusher in the world, but if you have unhealthy eating habits, you can still be very prone to getting cavities. The most common unhealthy eating habit is eating or drinking sugary things in between meals. Snacking on these can create an environment conducive to making cavities.
Team Dentist for Sporting KC
If you are seeking a dentist for quality dental hygiene, the team at Ciminieri Dental would love to welcome you. Dr Jason Ciminieri is the primary dentist and has been treating families in the KC area for over 10 years. He is a member of the ADA and the Academy for Sports Dentistry. He is a huge sports fan and currently serves as the team dentist for Sporting KC. If you have any questions, feel free to call Ciminieri Dental at 913.491.4900 or visit us at www.ciminieridental.com.