Hello Anytown! Healthy gums are as important as healthy teeth. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Be careful to (gently) get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.
There is more than one way to damage your teeth—even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause issues with the parts you can’t see.
We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.
If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Cornertown Dentistry today at 801.938.3466 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.
During your exam, Doctor Johnson will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.
At Cornertown Dentistry in Anytown, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including cleaning and prevention and restorations. If your teeth and gums are in good shape but you want a lighter smile, ask us about teeth bleaching.
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