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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Cavities don't have to be unavoidable. When you make oral hygiene a priority, you'll be less likely to experience painful tooth decay. Our oral hygieneRancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, shares a few hygiene tips that will help you maintain a healthy smile.

Increase your brushing time

Thorough toothbrushing takes time. In fact, if you don't devote a full two minutes to the task, you may not be removing all of the plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a colorless, sticky substance that is responsible for tooth decay. Plaque buildup doesn't just increase your cavity risk, but may also make it more likely that you'll develop gum disease. When you fail to remove plaque regularly, it gradually turns into tartar, a hard deposit that won't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. Fortunately, tartar can be removed during your cleanings in our Rancho Cucamonga office.

Consistency is key

Do you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, at least most of the time? Missing an occasional morning or evening brushing session may not seem like a major issue, but it can raise your tooth decay risk. The longer plaque remains on the teeth, the greater your chance that you'll develop a cavity. The trouble starts when you eat sugary foods or beverages or carbohydrate-heavy foods that are converted into sugars. The combination of plaque and sugar creates acids that weaken your tooth enamel and causes cavities.

Brushing every morning and evening without fail and flossing once each day is a must if you want to enjoy excellent oral health. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush. The mineral rebuilds weakened areas of tooth enamel, preventing cavities from occurring.

Follow brushing with mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens your breath and can reduce your cavity risk if you choose the right product. Look for mouthwashes that contain "anti-cavity" or "anti-bacterial" ingredients. Those products kill bacteria in plaque and offer a little-added protection.

Protect your smile with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups. Call our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. Stockdale, at (909) 987-0040 to schedule your appointment.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
May 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Find out if the care you are giving your smile everyday is enough to keep it healthy.oral hygiene

You may think you know what keeps your smile healthy and what habits and other factors could contribute to decay and gum disease, but are you doing everything you should on a daily basis to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy? Our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, offers up some advice on how to maintain the very best oral health.

Use the Right Dental Tools

While the techniques you use for keeping your teeth and gums clean is of the utmost importance, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be a bit choosy about the types of tools you use to do the job. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will be gentle enough on your teeth to not damage enamel but will still be able to efficiently clean your teeth.
  • The type of floss you choose to use is your own personal preference, but if you have braces or large gaps between your teeth you may want to consider interdental brushes instead.
  • Always use an ADA-approved fluoridate toothpaste, which can help to prevent decay and strengthen tooth enamel.

Technique is Key

While most people think they know how to brush and floss their teeth, they may be surprised to find out that they are missing a crucial step or aren’t doing something right. This is where our Rancho Cucamonga general dentist comes in to help brush up on how you brush and floss your teeth.

Brushing

  • Always angle the toothbrush 45 degrees at the gumline
  • Use a back-and-forth motion to clean the front of your teeth
  • Don’t forget to brush in an up-and-down motion on the back surfaces of the teeth
  • Make sure to also brush your tongue, which harbors a lot of bacteria

Flossing

  • Make sure to use a generous amount of floss every time you floss (about 15-18 inches)
  • Hold it between the thumb and forefinger on both hands and pull it taut
  • Then, carefully wiggle the floss into the space between your teeth
  • Make sure to hug the sides of each tooth and move the floss up and down to dislodge plaque and food
  • Also, don’t forget to floss along the gumline
  • Be careful when removing floss from between each space. You never want to pull it or force it from between teeth, as it can cause damage.

Regardless of whether you have questions about how to care for your smile or you need to get professional teeth cleaning, call Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga to get the answers and dental care you deserve.



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