The Ultimate Guide to Oral Hygiene

Preventative care is an integral part of our practice. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth enable you to look and feel good; they make it possible to eat and speak properly.

Your teeth are more than just a way to chew your food. Your teeth hold your oral health in them. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. It's essential to take care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups.

Proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques are fundamental to maintaining optimum oral health. Using fluoride toothpaste and brushing twice is crucial to avoiding cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Cavity-causing bacteria can build up on teeth during sleep and after eating sugary or starchy foods.

Use a toothbrush with a small head to reach back teeth for best results. Flossing once a day helps prevent gum disease by removing food particles and plaque at and below the gum line and between teeth. Flossing allows areas your toothbrush cannot reach and stimulates your gums, decreasing your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

Do I need an electric toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and come in various shapes and sizes to choose the comfy one for you. They're also more gentle than ordinary toothbrushes unless you intend to press hard against the tooth surface and gum.

Electric toothbrush:

  • Electric toothbrushes are more expensive
  • They're effective at removing more plaque
  • More gentle on the mouth, reducing plaque and removing food particles from the teeth

Manual toothbrush:

  • Manual toothbrushes are less expensive
  • They're easier to travel with than electric toothbrushes
  • You can clean all the surfaces of your teeth with a manual toothbrush

Both electric and manual toothbrushes are equally effective at removing plaque from your teeth. A standard manual toothbrush can do the job just fine for most people.

However, in some circumstances may be beneficial to use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes also come in various shapes and sizes to meet different needs. Some options include small heads for children or people with smaller mouths, larger heads for braces, and angled heads for people who want to reach back teeth. Or electric toothbrushes are added to manual toothbrushes for extra cleaning power.

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Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 419 dental professionals worldwide (Only four in Houston) as of 2022 who have achieved this prestigious honor.