Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
April 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Avoiding cavities doesn't have to be difficult. A good oral hygiene routine not only reduces your risk of tooth decay but also lowers the oral hygienechance you'll develop gum disease. The Bergen County, NJ, dentists at Gentle Dentistry explain how you can improve your oral hygiene habits.

Less is definitely not more

When it comes to cleaning your teeth, a regular routine is particularly important. Failing to brush in the morning or evening can increase your risk of tooth decay. Plaque, the bacterial film that regularly forms on your teeth, can quickly grow out of control if you skip a single morning or evening brushing session. Although you can't see plaque, you may notice that it makes your teeth feel a little rough. Luckily brushing for two minutes in the morning and evening removes the coating from your teeth.

Daily flossing is very important, as plaque also forms between your teeth. If you're only an occasional flosser, you may be more likely to develop painful cavities between teeth. Flossing and brushing also help reduce tartar formation. Tartar is the hard brown or gray deposit that tends to form at the base of teeth. Tartar is very irritating and may cause gum disease if it's not removed during bi-annual cleanings in our Bergen County office.

Your tongue needs a little attention too

Brushing and flossing your teeth removes bacterial-laden plaque, but your efforts will be in vain if bacteria remains on your tongue. In fact, bacteria can move from your tongue to your teeth just minutes after you finish brushing. Brushing both sides of your tongue will help lower the amount of bacteria in your mouth and reduce your tooth decay risk. Do you avoid brushing your tongue because it makes you gag? Tongue scrapers, available in the oral care aisle of drugstores, can make the process more comfortable.

Choosing the right tools is important

Soft is the best choice when it comes to choosing a toothbrush. Medium bristles can damage your enamel and irritate your gums, particularly if you apply too much pressure when you brush. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles are splayed or flattened.

Thanks to the variety of dental floss and flossing tools available, there's never a good reason to skip flossing. String floss usually works best if your teeth are fairly close together, while tape floss makes flossing widely spaced teeth easier. Water flossers, flossing brushes, and other flossing tools make it easy to clean hard-to-reach spots.

Keep your smile healthy with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups. Call the Bergen County, NJ, dentists at Gentle Dentistry at (201) 384-1611 to schedule your appointment.