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Six Important Dental Facts

Bad breath, gum disease, cavities, sensitivity and even tooth loss are generally caused by improper dental care. However, these issues can be prevented by adapting good dental habits. Here are a few dental facts about maintaining impeccable dental hygiene.

Does Healthy Lifestyles = Healthy Smiles?

Research from the Journal of Periodontology indicated that a healthy diet coupled with frequent exercise reduces the chances of developing gum disease.  On the contrary, a poor, sugar filled diet can lead to cavities as well as whole array of dental issues.

Does Achieving Good Oral Hygiene Take Time?

A perfect smile doesn’t just happen overnight. A series of little positive changes in your dental care routine will contribute to this gradual process. Plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that usually forms at the surfaces of your teeth and the gum line, takes time to remove. Dental experts recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for about two to three minutes at a time.

It can be helpful to use a timer to help you keep track of how much of time you spend brushing your teeth. Alternatively, make your dental fun routine by playing a song that is about two to three minutes long while you are brushing your teeth. Dental floss may be able to reach areas of your mouth that is not accessible by your toothbrush. It is recommended to floss at least once a day preferably before bedtime. Finally, end your routine by rinsing with a mouthwash.

Why Should I Use The Correct Technique with the Proper Products?

There is an array of toothbrushes to choose from, however it is important to choose one that fits in your mouth comfortably. The correct brushing technique is placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line and gently moving the bristles in short strokes back and forth. Don’t forget to brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of all your teeth. You can either use your toothbrush or a tongue cleaner to kill the bacteria on your tongue.

Toothpaste is available with many different types of active ingredients that can help avoid specific dental problems, such as gum disease, cavities, tartar accumulation, sensitivity, bad breath gum disease, stains or sensitivity. Although mouthwash can be used as an additional aid for a healthy mouth, it does not replace flossing and brushing daily. Just like toothpaste, mouthwash is also available with various active ingredients, such as fluoride to protect the teeth, and antimicrobials to reduce plaque and gingivitis. It is recommended to consult with your dental professional to see which types of products are right for you.

Why Should I Use Dental Floss?

Don’t be stingy with the floss. Use a long piece, which should be about an arms-length, that allows you access the spaces between every tooth, front and back. Most of the floss should be wound around the middle finger of one hand and the rest around the middle finger of the other. Your thumbs and index fingers can be used to grip the floss, and gently slide it between your teeth all the way down to the gum line. Before you move on to the next area, move the floss against the tooth in an up-and-down motion. Use new pieces of floss to avoid transferring the plaque back onto your teeth.

If it is difficult to use floss, there are other tools such as a floss holder, wooden sticks, plastic picks and small interdental brushes can be used instead. However, do not skip flossing altogether.

Why Should Healthy Dental Habits Begin Early?

Children’s baby teeth are at risk for cavities as soon as they appear. This is known as asdental caries.  Bacteria that result in cavities can be transferred to a baby’s mouth from a parent, often by sharing the same spoon or toothbrush. Cavities are just as distracting for children as they are for adults and can even make it difficult for them to pay attention at school. As such, is it essential to ensure that your child/children receive proper dental care. Children will require your help brushing their teeth usually until age seven or eight.

When your child has two teeth touching, it is right time to introduce daily flossing. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste can be used for children three or younger, and then a “pea-size” amount for children ages between three and six. Discuss your child’s fluoride needs with your dentist and prepare to take your child for his or her first dentist visit by the first birthday.

Why Are Regular Dentist Visits Important Dental?

Your dentist is the ultimate expert when it comes to caring for your teeth. Don’t wait until it’s too late! See your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year for a professional checking and cleaning. Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS and Dr. Inna Trogan DDS at Signature Smile General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Brooklyn Heights have been helping many Brooklyn residents prevent oral diseases and cavities by finding the hidden problems you may not be visible to you, as well as keeping you aware of the little dental health facts that will make big impact in your family’s life. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS or Dr. Inna Trogan DDS, then please call our office today! (718) 246-5677

Our dentists have served the residents of Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, and all of our other surrounding New York communities for years.

You can find our office in the heart of beautiful Brooklyn Heights at 100 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

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