For ideal oral health, you need both healthy teeth and healthy gums in Palm Harbor. 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 gum line. 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 and gently get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
Protect Your Gums in Palm Harbor
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 builds up in the pockets, your gums in Palm Harb can start to loosen which could lead to tooth loss. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gum line is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gum line.
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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 troubles with the parts you can’t see. At Prestige Dentistry, 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 Prestige Dentistry today at (727) 789-1980 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.
During your exam, our team will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health. At Prestige Dentistry in Palm Harbor, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry and restorative dentistry.
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