Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Hygiene  

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?


Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the teeth and mouth clean to prevent dental problems. An effective dental hygiene routine is essential to avoid gum disease and preventing tooth decay. Dr. Mark Makela in Petoskey, MI offers a full range of dental services. Here are six habits to keep if you want to keep your smile healthy.

1. Daily Brushing

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental hygiene routine because it helps remove plaque and the food particles that bacteria feed on. For a healthy smile, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Don't brush your teeth more than three times a day. Brushing your teeth too much can wear down the enamel on your teeth.

2. Daily Flossing

Clean between your teeth at least once a day using an interdental cleaner. You can use dental floss or another product made for this purpose like floss picks, pre-threaded flossers, or interdental brushes that reach between the teeth. Flossing every day removes plaque and other debris that brushing alone does not reach.

3. Rinse Your Mouth

Using mouthwash can make a positive impact on oral health, so you should consider adding it to your dental hygiene routine. Mouthwashes are used to help prevent cavities, reduce plaque, freshen breath, kill germs, and prevent periodontal disease. A mouthwash does not replace the need for flossing and brushing.

4. Visit The Dentist

To maintain good dental health, the ADA recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. Spend some quality time with your dentist and you will catch problems such as periodontal disease, cavities, or oral cancer at an early stage when they're treatable.

5. Get a Teeth Cleaning

Visit your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning. A dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar buildup that regular flossing and brushing misses. Tartar is porous and rough and can lead to gum recession and gum disease. The only way to remove tartar is to see a dentist for a professional dental cleaning.

Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy gums and teeth. To keep your oral health on track, call our office at 231-347-2511 to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Mark Makela in Petoskey, MI. Regular visits to your dentist will get you on the road to good oral health. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile.