Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape, and that includes regular dental check ups at Wilson Dental Group.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in 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 multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth below the gumline can decay easier than the visible portion.
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 troubles 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 dental check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Wilson Dental Group today at 336-450-2077 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.
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