Your dentist is only a partner in helping you maintain your dental health but in the end, it all depends on how well you do your part in making sure your oral health is maintained. While we focus on only the basics which includes brushing, flossing, etc. We are not quite sure about how often we need to carry these out or how much time we have to spend each time.
This article discusses some of the basic principles which everyone needs to follow if they want to make sure their teeth and gums remain healthy. However, there is also consequences if patients do not follow properly. These includes:
- Spending at least three minutes brushing your teeth twice a day. To be more specific you could use a timer to ensure you are not spending less than three minutes. Most people brush their teeth even three times a day but if you are not brushing properly each time, it is not helpful and will not remove any cavities
- Use a floss at least once a day to remove food particles which are stuck in between your teeth. While brushing your teeth twice a day might sound enough; however, most of the times some food particles are stuck between your teeth and even brushing cannot remove them so it is better to floss your teeth once at night
- Buy dental cleaning tools and toothpaste which are approved by the dental association in your area. This helps make sure that they do not negatively affect your teeth and rather help benefit them
All these basic principles that is easy to follow will make sure there is no plaque buildup on your teeth because it is the root that cause of all diseases. Adult who let plaque buildup often develop infections in the tissues around their teeth.
Consequences of poor hygiene
If your teeth are poorly kept, it helps plaque to accumulate around the teeth which causes gums to become red and inflamed. Not taking good care of your teeth and not visiting the dentist regularly could also lead to empty spaces in your teeth. This would lead to destruction of bones and other tissues that is supporting your teeth. As a result, it can lead to losing your teeth. If you take good care of your teeth, look after them properly and often do dentist checkups; it would lead to reversal of early gum diseases.