From Dr. Gyurina and the staff at Oak Park Dental, we wish you and your family a Happy New Year! As you consider resolutions for this coming year, keep your oral health in mind. Remember, dental health is closely connected to overall health. Research has a shown that a healthy mouth is a defense against certain medical issues. Dismissing dental health can increase the risk of serious health issues like stroke and heart disease. Here are ways you can take preventive action to care for your teeth this year.
- Start a routine: Consistency is key in warding off bacteria and potential oral health threats. Dental care must be a daily pursuit if you want to see results.
- Brush: Your daily dental regimen should begin with brushing your teeth. A soft bristled toothbrush works best so as not to weaken the gums and create recession. Brush for at least two minutes, using light circular motions on all sides of the teeth. Brushing at least twice a day removes food particles that inevitably get stuck around the teeth.
- Floss: Flossing goes hand in hand with brushing. Research says that only 50% of adults floss their teeth daily. Flossing should be done after the teeth are brushed. Using about 18 inches of floss, circle the ends around the pointer fingers, making the space in the middle taut. Gently “saw” the floss down and in between each individual tooth, so as not to hurt the gums. This should be done at least once a day.
- Rinse: Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash prevents the growth of bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. Instructions may vary, but one should typically use about four teaspoons of mouthwash and swish around the mouth for thirty seconds. Be sure to swish in front of and in back of teeth, through the molars, across the top of your mouth, and under your tongue.
- Dentist Checkups: This year, reinvest yourself in your oral health by calling Oak Park Dental to schedule a check up. Dentist visits are valuable as part of a full dental care routine. Checkups give the dentist and hygienist a chance to take x-rays, clean and polish the teeth, and check for early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
As your dentist in Madison, our staff at Oak Park Dental is here to help you reach your dental health goals for 2017. We wish you a joyous start to the New Year and look forward to working with you toward greater health.