You know that dental hygiene is something you perform every day, two times a day, to keep your smile healthy. While you understand that your dedication to consistency is key to good oral health and a beautiful smile, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some details getting lost in the mix. Do you know what the actual connection is between these things? Are you entirely certain regarding how your hygiene helps you protect your smile, so you can enjoy a grin that keeps on looking lovely and feeling good? Our Ankeny, IA team would be more than pleased to fill you in!
#1: It Stops Most Tartar From Forming
When you practice your dental hygiene, you are physically removing plaque (which is full of bacteria) from your tooth surfaces. You are also removing it from beneath your gumline and from between your teeth, too. Why is this so important? First, it’s because it will limit the bacteria in your mouth throughout the day, which limits your chance of problems, such as gum disease or cavities. Next, remember this very important detail: Plaque is removable with hygiene for about 24 hours. Beyond that, it become so very hard that you cannot get rid of it. We can, when you see us for a professional cleaning, however, that happens only twice a year! The hardened plaque is called tartar and can expedite the formation of problems like the aforementioned decay and gingivitis.
#2: It Removes Food That Bacteria Love
Remember that talk about bacteria and the tooth decay and gingivitis that can follow? Here’s the part you don’t know yet: Bad bacteria live in plaque and in tartar. When plaque rests on your teeth, those bacteria feed on some of the foods you eat (mostly carbohydrates and sugars). Then, they release acid during digestion. Those acids? Yes, just like you may be guessing, they are the problem. They lead to irritation and infection. This is true of tartar, as well! So, when you practice dental hygiene, you remove these substances consistently, thereby not only limiting bacteria but also limiting their food source.
Check In With Us During Visits For Hygiene Tips
When you have any type of question about dental hygiene or would like to gather up some tips, simply ask! We can fill you in on all of the information you need. Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.