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By Karls Family Dentistry
October 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health

You might think that brushing your teeth is the morning after breakfast and before you go to bed at night are all of its needed to keep healthy smilecavities from forming. This is the viewpoint of a lot of patients seen at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, Wisconsin. While brushing twice today is certainly a good habit to develop, dental hygiene requires a bit more effort to maintain the teeth and gums. Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls have provided more information that they encourage all their patients to use to maintain their oral health.

Brushing

Brushing your teeth is certainly the most well known and commonly followed oral hygiene practice. However, many people don't brush thoroughly enough, leaving food particles behind that develop into plaque. The optimal amount of time to brush at each session is two full minutes, which may seem a little daunting at first. You can also set a timer until you get into a routine. It's also important to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your particular needs. Textures of toothbrush bristles vary from soft to stiff, and toothpastes can contain whitening agents, breath-freshening ingredients, or cleaning abrasives. Your Waunakee dentist will give you recommendations.

Flossing

This part of oral hygiene is often overlooked, but it's one of the most effective ways to prevent decay. Flossing removes debris from between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Fortunately, flossing once a day is a process that can be easily worked into your routine.

Checkups

Visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning might be toward the bottom of your priority list, especially with all the other obligations you have. It's important, however, to keep these appointments with your Waunakee dentist. A thorough cleaning from our hygienist will remove any tartar on your teeth, which brushing and flossing cannot do. This also allows them to monitor your teeth for any problems that may be developing before they become difficult to treat.

If you need some "brushing up" on your oral hygiene routine, schedule an appointment at Karls Family Dentistry today. We'd be happy to help you get on the right track to better oral health!

TVDesignGuruNateBerkusSharestheSecretsBehindHisDazzlingSmile

Perhaps you've seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling smile.

Berkus recently opened up about the facts behind his trademark smile during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. First off, his smile is totally natural, as he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work, including porcelain veneers. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said. Nate also shared the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist that he still follows today: “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Berkus went on to say that he feels, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips:

  • Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth.
  • Remember, more is NOT always better! Brushing or flossing too hard can be damaging to your teeth and gums. And never saw back and forth with your floss.

To learn more about oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing techniques, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss any questions you have as well as treatment options. As needed, we will work with you to teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you feel confident before you leave our office. And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor article “Nate Berkus.”