What your dentist in Hingham wants you to know
If you are lucky enough to have a great looking smile, you want to do everything you can to keep it looking good. You should also think about keeping your smile healthy, as a healthy smile contributes to your overall good health.
Dr. John Burns in Hingham, MA, wants to share the facts of what it takes to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, keeping your smile healthy is easy and should only take a few minutes out of your busy schedule.
When you think about a healthy smile, you think about a smile free of dental decay, with gums that are light-pink and don’t bleed when you brush or floss. Dental problems start when plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth. Dental plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria. If you let these bacteria remain undisturbed, they combine with what you eat and drink and produce toxins and acids that cause tooth decay, gum disease and loss of bone, a condition called periodontal disease.
You can protect yourself and remove plaque by:
- Brushing your teeth after each meal and before you go to bed; you should use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Using gentle circular movements, clean all surfaces of your teeth, including your back teeth.
- Flossing at least once each day with a single piece of floss or floss picks, whichever is easiest for you; be sure to wrap completely around a tooth as you floss, to ensure you are getting in between your teeth completely.
Don’t forget to include regular visits to your dentist and hygienist for an examination, x-rays and professional cleaning. You need the diagnostic tools and skills of professionals to make sure your smile is healthy.
Keeping your smile healthy is an important job and one you can’t do alone. To find out more about your healthy smile, call Dr. Burns in Hingham, MA. Protect your smile by calling today!