Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene and regular checkups at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco helps both stay in good shape.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointing the bristle tips at the gumline. 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 sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
Back to toothbrushing: 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, the gums can start loosening.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth below the gumline can decay easier than the visible portion.
We work with patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.
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