Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
What your dentist in West Allis wants you to know
You probably already know that you need to keep good oral hygiene habits to maintain your healthy smile. Did you also know that a healthy smile can help maintain your general health? It’s true! In fact, an unhealthy mouth can put you at greater risk for:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Jeff Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI wants to partner with you in the care and maintenance of your smile. You will learn just how easy keeping good oral hygiene habits can be.
When you think of oral hygiene, it’s important to learn why you are practicing good oral hygiene. The goal of an effective oral hygiene program is to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria which, if left alone, can produce toxins strong enough to eat away hard enamel and infect your gums.
Good oral hygiene habits are easy to learn and take just a few minutes a day, but healthy habits help ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Welnak wants you to remember to:
Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, especially after meals and before bed. Avoid hard toothbrushes because they can cause your gums to recede and your teeth to become sensitive. Many people like electric or sonic toothbrushes which are perfect if you have arthritis or dexterity issues.
Floss daily using a single piece of waxed or unwaxed floss and wrap it around each tooth, going in between the teeth, where cavities can start. Floss picks are helpful if you have hand problems like arthritis, and threaders work well if you have dental bridgework.
Don’t forget to schedule regular visits with Dr. Welnak as part of your good oral hygiene routine. You should stop in yearly for an exam and x-rays and every 6 months for a professional cleaning. Regular dental visits help to ensure that a small dental issue stays small and doesn’t develop into a painful, expensive dental condition.
Now that you know how easy it is to practice good oral hygiene habits, it’s time to start your own dental hygiene routine. For more information on oral hygiene, talk to the experts. Call Dr. Welnak at Root River Dental in West Allis, WI. Find out how to protect your healthy smile by calling today!