general information on oral health and care
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Here you will find some general information on oral health and care. If you have any further questions for our dental office, please do not hesitate to contact us.

General Dentistry
The minimum recommendation for dentist visits is once every six months. Regular check-ups and continual maintenance help prevent possible oral diseases and other serious dental health problems. This can also help save you from extensive and costly treatments in the future.

Brushing
Brushing is one of the easiest methods for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing helps remove plaque and prevents the build-up of bacteria. Some tips for brushing include:
• Use circular motions on 2 to 3 teeth at a time
• Do not brush up and down – keep your brush at a 45-degree angle
• Make sure to brush your gums, roof and floor of your mouth, and your tongue
• Replace your brush when the bristles have faded and worn
• Brush at least 2 to 3 times a day for at least 2 minutes

Flossing
Flossing picks up where brushing leaves off. Daily flossing helps prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental issues. It also helps increase blood circulation in your gums. We recommend flossing at least once a day, taking your time to get in between every tooth.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush
How do you know which toothbrush is right for you? Brushes come in a variety of styles and bristles. If you are one with sensitive gums, a softer toothbrush is for you. Mechanical brushes are often the most frequently recommended toothbrush. They have the ability to break up plaque efficiently and some models offer timers so you know how long to brush. For the most part, however, it is not so much the brush you choose, but how you use it. Remember to brush at least 2 to 3 times a day for about 2 minutes.

Types of Floss
Floss can come in many different materials and flavors like wintergreen and cinnamon. Waxed floss slides through teeth with ease and does not fray as often as un-waxed floss. For individuals with large spaces between teeth, dental tape can be used.

Denture Care
Dentures should be regularly cleaned like ordinary teeth, and, like with ordinary teeth, visits to the dentist are a must. To keep your dentures clean, rinse and brush them after every meal to remove plaque, food particles, and any other debris. Soak your dentures in a solution every night to allow your gums to breathe.

Nutrition & Your Teeth
Along with brushing and flossing, good nutrition affects the health of your teeth. Good food provides your body with the right vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth and gums staying strong and warding off infection, decay, and disease. Good eating habits should start when you are young; make sure your children avoid excesses of sugar from cookies, soda, or artificial snacks. For adults, a continued balanced diet helps keep your teeth looking healthy for years to come.