Hello Oceanside! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also on healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in the back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque accumulates in the gumline pockets, the gums can start receding.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.
There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause dilemmas with the parts you can’t see.
We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.
If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Oceanside Dental Excellence today at 760-439-3400 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.
During your exam, Drs. Dankworth will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.
At Oceanside Dental Excellence in Oceanside, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including Invisalign and implant-supported dentures. If your teeth and gums are in good shape but you want a lighter smile, ask us about teeth bleaching.
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