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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Good Dental Hygiene

A beautiful, healthy smile begins at home. Proper oral hygiene not only helps keep your smile its brightest, it also helps keep it at its most functional. Maintaining your natural teeth requires substantially less time and effort than costly surgical procedures necessary when your teeth are no longer healthy. But what is the best way to ensure your teeth remain healthy?

Proper Tooth Brushing

Everyone knows how to brush their teeth, right? Not necessarily so. Several factors go in to proper brushing.

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a toothbrush that has soft, or extra soft bristles
  • Brush lightly to ensure you don’t remove enamel
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Brush for at least two minutes at a time
  • Change your tooth brush regularly

Following these rules will help ensure your teeth are their whitest and most healthy in between regular dental visits.

Proper Flossing

In addition to brushing, flossing twice a day is important to remove plaque and food from in between your teeth - places your tooth brush cannot reach. Flossing properly takes only a few minutes and will lead to overall improved oral health.

  • Give yourself enough floss (12 to 18 inches) to ensure a tight grip on both ends
  • Slide the floss in between each tooth, making sure to floss your back teeth as well as your front
  • You can floss before or after brushing your teeth
  • Flossing before bed is more important than flossing during the day

Plaque and food built up in between teeth can only be removed with proper flossing.

Regular Dental Visits

In addition to brushing and flossing daily, regular checkups and professional cleanings at Colonial Dental Group will help keep your teeth their healthiest. During these visits your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, and you will be examined to check for cavities, gum disease, and any other potential problems. It is important to have a dentist check your teeth at least twice a year to catch any potential problems before they get too big.

If you live in or around Chicago, Illinois, please contact the trained dentists at Colonial Dental Group to schedule your check up today. You use your teeth every day, they deserve the best care possible.

posted by Erica at 9:28 AM


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