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Dental Routine and Gum Care in Florida

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You know you need to maintain good overall health, but do you know how important good oral health is to that effort? Your oral health and physical health are inextricably linked; you can’t have one without the other. So, if your oral hygiene regimen needs improvement, or if you just want to ensure that it’s the best it can be, then call our Florida office. We’ll answer all your questions.

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Brushing Specifics

Brushing a minimum of twice each day is perhaps the most important aspect of your oral hygiene regimen. When you brush your teeth, you remove the majority of food particles and bacteria from your mouth.

After you eat anything, bacteria remain in your mouth and begin to erode your tooth enamel. When it isn’t removed through brushing and flossing, the bacteria becomes plaque, which is a very tough substance that settles between your teeth and gums. It can only be removed by a periodontist or a dentist. When plaque remains in the mouth, it starts to attack the gums and becomes periodontal disease. When periodontal disease is caught in its early stage of gingivitis, it can be cured, and the damage can be reversed. When it’s not removed, however, gingivitis becomes periodontal disease, and it can eventually cause you to lose your teeth, your facial structure, and your jaw alignment. Don’t be a victim of periodontal disease. 

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When you brush, be sure to brush each quadrant for at least 30 seconds. This will maximize the benefit of your brushing regimen. A quadrant is:

  • The upper right side of your jaw
  • The lower right side of your jaw
  • The upper left side of your jaw
  • The lower left side of your jaw

The order in which you brush doesn’t matter as long as each quadrant receives a minimum of 30 seconds of brushing.

When you brush, use gentle pressure with a circular motion and a back-and-forth stroke. Using very firm pressure will damage your tooth enamel, and brushing fast makes your brushing less effective. So, use gentle pressure and slow movements for optimal results from your brushing.

Toothbrush Specifics

In addition to using the correct brushing techniques, you need to have the correct type of toothbrush. Whether it’s manual or electric isn’t important, but it must have soft bristles of uneven lengths unless your periodontist or dentist recommends otherwise.

Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if you’ve been ill and have recuperated. If the bristles start to fray, then replace your toothbrush. If your toothbrush isn’t in good shape, your brushing will be less effective.

Toothpaste Specifics

Most toothpaste brands now contain fluoride, which is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps to fight cavities and decay. Since many municipalities now fluoridate their water supply, some people are concerned about getting too much fluoride in their bodies. This isn’t usually an issue because the water supply is fluoridated only to a minimum level, but if you’re concerned, ask your periodontist or dentist.

Flossing Specifics

Like your toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash, your dental floss should carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance. However, the type of floss you use doesn’t matter, you can use traditional dental floss, a water flosser, or dental floss picks.

The important takeaway is to floss at least once each day. Ideally, you should brush and floss after each snack or meal, but that’s not always possible. If you floss only once each day, then floss just before you go to bed and avoid eating or drinking anything except clear water after you floss. This removes the maximum amount of bacteria and food particles from your mouth and minimizes their negative impact on your tooth enamel during the night.

Dental Care Extras

Mouthwash is a simple, multi-faceted addition to your oral hygiene regimen. Not only does it freshen your breath, but it also removes any residual bacteria that your other hygiene methods may have missed, and it further reduces the likelihood of developing cavities and gum disease. The brand or flavor isn’t as important as the fact that it carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you’re unsure or have questions, ask your Florida periodontist for a recommendation.

Healthy snacking can also boost the efficacy of your oral hygiene habits. Snack on fruits, nuts, and vegetables rather than high-calorie, nutritionally void items such as cookies, cake, and candy. Also, drink plain water rather than sugary sodas and drinks. Although plain water may seem boring, it’s much better for your mouth and your body as a whole.

On-the-Go Dental Extras

If you spend lots of time on the road, it can be helpful to assemble a dental-away kit. Include travel-sized versions of your favorite toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, and a travel-sized toothbrush so that you can practice good oral hygiene no matter where you are.

If you’re out and need to brush and floss, consider rinsing your mouth well with plain water. If you can floss first and then rinse, that’s even better. Although rinsing won’t remove all the food particles that brushing would, it’s a good alternative for those times when you’re unable to brush.

Your Dentist and Periodontist Still Matter

No matter the quality of your dental hygiene regimen, you still need to schedule annual dental visits at a minimum. Bi-annual is better. Some diseases, like oral cancer, present asymptomatically, so you can have the disease without being aware of its presence. Your dentist or periodontist, however, can spot the presence of disease and take steps to eliminate problems before they escalate.

If you haven’t been screened for oral cancer, now is a good time. It’s now the fastest spreading cancer, accounting for more than three percent of all new cancer diagnoses. The procedure is simple and painless, but vitally important.

Schedule Your Appointment

Especially if it’s been a while since your last dental checkup and teeth cleaning, call Dental Specialty Centers of Florida at and make an appointment. We realize how easy it is to get distracted and procrastinate on things you don’t really want to do anyway, like going to the dentist. However, your physical health will be only as good as your dental health, so call us today for an appointment.

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