Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene.At Tracy T. Windham DDS General Dentistry, we understand the importance of maintaining oral hygiene. That’s why as your Little Rock dentist, we’re proud to offer the dental care necessary to keep your mouth in its healthiest state possible. 

The most common chronic disease of childhood is actually tooth decay, something that affects two-thirds of American kids that are between the ages 12 to 19. This disease is something that’s entirely preventable; by practicing great oral hygiene, you can stop tooth decay from occurring, along with other oral problems, such as gum disease.
 
It’s also important to note that many times, the health of the mouth will mirror the health of the body and vice versa. Diseases in other parts of the body can cause symptoms that are observable in the mouth. Likewise, oral diseases and other conditions can lead to bodily health problems. This is just another reason why it’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene.

Dental Care Tips from Your Little Rock Dentist

If you want to keep your oral hygiene at its optimal level, we are glad to offer you these tips:

  • How to Brush Your Teeth Brush and Floss Daily – The most important part of maintaining proper oral hygiene is daily brushing and flossing. You’ll want to brush at least twice a day in addition to flossing. This will help get rid of plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque is able to turn sugar in your mouth into acid, which can attack your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Some bacteria can even cause gum diseases like gingivitis.
  • Get the Proper Amount of Fluoride – Fluoride is useful for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing tooth decay – which is essential for children. Most water sources are fluoridated and many toothpastes have fluoride in them as well, but if you need more, we can apply it directly to your teeth in our Little Rock office.
  • How to Floss Your Teeth Use a Mouthrinse – While many people are more familiar with mouthrinses being used to mask bad tastes in the mouth, they’re also very helpful for improving oral hygiene. While some offer primarily “cosmetic” benefits, therapeutic rinses contain anti-bacterial and cavity-fighting ingredients. This can help control plaque and prevent cavities.
  • Limit Your Between-Meal Snacks – Between-meal snacks are typically of the sugary variety, which are the fuel for decay-causing bacteria. When these snacks are eaten throughout the day, they’ll allow acid to constantly attack the teeth. It’s best to take a break from these snacks and only eat snacks during a meal.
  • Quit Tobacco – Tobacco not only increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer, but it can also give you a greater chance of developing oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. No matter if it’s smoking or chewing tobacco, it’s important to take steps toward quitting.
  • Examine Your Mouth Regularly – It’s important to examine your mouth regularly to see if there’s any recognizable changes. This can include chipped teeth, swollen gums, or unusual sores. If you happen to find something that concerns you, let us know. Early detection and treatment is the best chance to remedy problems.
  • Visit Your Dentist Semiannually – Regular dental visits also play a critical role in maintaining your oral health. These visits won’t just be a time for your teeth to be cleaned, but your dentist will also assess the general condition of your oral health and try to find and remedy any problems with your teeth and gums.

Contact Your Little Rock Dentist Today

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us for general, cosmetic, or sedation dentistry, we encourage you to give us a call at (501) 664-6888 or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you and helping you maintain proper oral hygiene!

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