Oral Hygiene and Your Smile

Do you ever stop and think about how important your daily oral hygiene efforts are to your smile? They are crucial! You are the main line of defense when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from the ravages of tooth decay and gum disease in between our dental cleanings and exams.

You see, bacteria in the mouth never take time off. And because bacteria thrive in the mouth, it rests on you to clean teeth and gums every day to prevent the bacterial buildup known as “plaque” from attacking your smile. The food you eat (and drink) feeds oral bacteria and produces acids that attack the teeth and gums. Sugary, starchy foods especially help bacteria form into dental plaque, and you can feel plaque when you run your tongue along the teeth before brushing. This sticky film will harden and cause problems between the teeth and along the gumline.

Plaque acids weaken tooth enamel and irritate gum tissue unless it is removed. And it’s not just cavities that will arise when the enamel is weakened. Over time, gum irritation makes them pull away from the teeth and form pockets which fill up with bacteria and pus. Without treatment, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

This is where your oral hygiene efforts make all the difference. To keep plaque in check, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. While a toothbrush clears plaque along tooth surfaces, dental flossing clears plaque along the gumline and in between the teeth where your brush can’t clean.

Use a toothbrush with a small head so that you can reach the molars and a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect gum tissue and tooth enamel. If you are cavity prone, you can use an antimicrobial toothpaste with fluoride. To lower bacteria in the mouth, you can rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash once a day, and we are happy to give you personalized advice depending on your oral health.

If you would like more personalized information, or to schedule your next cleaning, please call our Gill Family Dentistry team at (209) 549-1721 today. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and staff in Modesto, California, are here to work with you to create your healthiest smile!

Learn More About Dental Cleanings and Exams by Knowing the Answers to These Commonly Asked Questions

Your dental checkups are vital for your oral health, which is why they are required every six months. If you forget to attend your appointment, your smile could suffer the consequences. Many people skip their appointments because they are nervous or afraid. If you’re one of these people, it’s common to feel this way, but this doesn’t have to be the case. To help you know more about your six-month checkups so you can feel better during your appointment, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, is happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions about dental cleanings and exams.

Why do I need a dental cleaning and exam?

Your dental cleanings and exams can help you prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, the cleaning is one of the only treatments that can completely remove tartar from the smile, which is the stubborn and toxic substance that promotes gum disease. If plaque and tartar aren’t removed from your smile on a regular basis, your oral health could be in danger. Your dental exams can also help you by allowing your dentist to detect dental issues at the early stages of development, which can help you avoid intensive dental treatment and extreme pain.

What happens during the appointment?

Your appointment will start with our team taking a series of X-rays of your smile, including the teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Then, we will deeply clean your mouth, which should involve using special tools and techniques to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, clean the spaces between the teeth, polish the enamel, and nourish the teeth. The second half of your appointment should involve your dentist examining your smile with [hisher] naked eye. At this time, he will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, oral cancer, and more. Your dentist will also inspect the dental X-rays to know the condition of your underlying bone and tooth roots. If there is a problem identified, he will recommend the proper treatment and the next necessary steps.

Will treatment hurt?

Your dental cleaning might involve a little bit of pressure and sensitivity (depending on the health and condition of your teeth and gums), but the treatment should not hurt. If you’re nervous and scared, feel free to talk to our dental team and tell us how you feel. If necessary, we can recommend some tricks, techniques, and even sedatives that can help you feel better during your visit.

For more information and details about your six-month checkup in Modesto, California, please feel free to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721. When you reach out to our office, our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!