Cocoa Dental Cleaning for Good Oral Hygiene
No matter what they are called—a dental checkup, dental cleaning and exam, a hygiene visit—these twice-yearly appointments at Advanced Dental Care Cosmetic & General Dentistry are an important component of your oral healthcare. In fact, one of these routine visits can often be the key to preventing a problem. At these regularly scheduled visits, Cocoa, FL, dentist Dr. Burr and his staff will not only professionally clean and polish your teeth, but we will also conduct a thorough examination of your entire oral cavity. By doing this, we are able to see trouble spots and treat them appropriately before they get out of hand. During a dental cleaning, a hygienist uses a rotating brush and fluoride toothpaste to remove surface stains from your teeth. But that’s not all we want to remove. Dental cleanings also involve removing plaque—that sticky and colorless biofilm that our mouths produce all day—and tiny bits of tartar, which is calcified plaque. These two are the precursors to gum or periodontal disease. If not removed, they begin to buildup along the gum line and eventually below the gum line on the roots of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque and tartar feed on the sugar in your mouth and produce acids and other toxins that can begin to breakdown delicate gum and bone tissue. All of this can be avoided when you see your Cocoa family dentist for a comprehensive dental cleaning.
Tips to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home
Just as you count on us to provide you with exceptional dental hygiene care in our office, Cocoa dentist Dr. Burr and his team count on you to do your part at home. Whether you choose a manual or powered brush is a matter of personal preference. The important thing is that you brush your teeth at least twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. Brushing and flossing, however, are not that simple. There really is a right way to brush and floss. Cocoa, FL dentist Dr. Burr offers the following tips to help you brush better:
- Take your time. You should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth.
- Choose a brush with soft bristles and use a light touch. Hard bristles and vigorous brushing can scratch tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth. This way, you’re able to brush both the surfaces of your teeth and along the gum line in order to remove plaque.
- Use about 18 inches of floss. This way, you’ll have a clean section of floss to use between each pair of teeth.
- Gently floss all the way down to the gum line.