The first rule of keeping your teeth healthy is to keep them clean and free of bacteria. Bacteria causes a sticky film called plaque to form on your teeth. If you don’t get the plaque off your teeth, it develops into tartar.
Tartar is a much harder substance and only can be removed with a professional cleaning. Tartar buildup can lead to serious issues and eventual loss of teeth and bone. At the office of Dr. Tab A. Boyle in Lancaster, CA, we can get you on the right track to healthy teeth. Call 661-524-8457 today to set up a routine exam.
How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Practicing good oral hygiene at home is extremely important in the health of your teeth. It’s also important that you make and keep routine dental checkups during the year.
Brushing And Flossing
There’s a great deal you can do to keep your teeth healthy at home. The first is to brush regularly and correctly. Brush at least twice a day. If you can brush after every meal or snack you eat, that’s even better. Here are some tips for how to brush correctly:
- Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones.
- Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your upper and lower teeth in a circular motion.
- Use a back and forth motion for the upper and lower chewing surfaces.
- Make short vertical brushes from the gum and across the teeth.
- Brush for two to three minutes.
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Harder bristles can damage the gum.
- Brush your tongue too.
Flossing may be even more important than brushing when you’re trying to get rid of the bacteria and plaque. That’s because there are lots of spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Bacteria can hide in those spots.
To floss correctly, pull out about 18 inches of floss. Wrap each end of the floss around a middle finger. Floss between teeth, moving up and down. Be sure to get between those back teeth!
Get Your Teeth Cleaned Professionally
Although brushing and flossing at home is important, don’t assume that it’s enough to keep your teeth healthy. As we said earlier, tartar is a much harder substance that can build up on the teeth. Tartar can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
You should have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months. We’ll also do an exam on your mouth to detect problems early when they can still be fixed more easily.
What Happens During A Professional Cleaning
The first part of the cleaning is done by one of our highly trained dental hygienists who will clean your teeth. He or she will use a scaler (a small metal instrument) to scrape off any tartar below and above the gumline. He or she will polish your teeth with a lightly abrasive paste and floss between your teeth, too.
The dental hygienist will note any areas of concern and then give those notes to Dr. Boyle.
We’ll also take X-rays of your mouth. Dr. Boyle will use these images in future appointments to see if your dental situation is changing. Then he’ll carefully examine your mouth, looking particularly at any areas that the hygienist noted. He will screen your mouth for cancer as well.
Dr. Boyle will check for signs of decay using a metal probe and a small mirror. He will also check for gum swelling,redness, and other symptoms of gum disease. If we see signs of gingivitis, or early gum disease, we will recommend the best treatment for you.
The last part of your visit will be scheduling your next appointment with Dr. Boyle. We recommend that you schedule a routine cleaning and exam every six months.
Keep Your Smile Clean And Health
Use good dental hygiene at home, which includes brushing and flossing. You should schedule regular dental cleanings as well. These are the best things you can do for the health and safety of your smile. Call Tab A. Boyle, DDS today at 661-524-8457 to make your appointment. You can use our online form if you prefer.