John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 546-8330



By Luker Dental Care
April 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentist in Springfield wants you to knoworal hygiene

Do you want to enjoy a healthy smile for life? Do you want to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to make sure you are keeping good oral hygiene habits. Dr. John Luker at Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL wants to share the facts on how to make sure your smile stays healthy.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits means keeping plaque accumulation to a minimum. That’s because dental plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that can destroy your mouth. The destruction occurs in a few ways. For example:

Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria forming an acid when it mixes with the sugars in the foods you eat. This acid eats through tooth enamel, causing a cavity.

The plaque also works to inflame and infect your gum tissue, causing gum disease. It can also cause the destruction of the bone that supports your teeth, causing periodontal disease.

So, now that you know WHY it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, you need to know HOW to keep good oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, an excellent oral hygiene regimen doesn’t take a lot of time, and it’s easier than you think. You need to:

Brush after every meal and before you go to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Use a gentle, circular motion to cover the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.

Floss every day. Brushing can’t reach in between your teeth and that’s where flossing comes in. Many cavities and gum and periodontal disease begin in between your teeth, so flossing is critical. Wrap around the wide part of your tooth as you go down in between the teeth. The wrapping technique helps the floss to adhere to your tooth surface.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits also means visiting your dentist at least once each year for an exam and x-rays. You should also schedule a professional dental cleaning every six months to thoroughly clean away all hard deposits and stains on your teeth, and to monitor the health of your gums.

To find out more about additional preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Luker at Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL. Keep your mouth healthy by calling today!