Healthy gums are as important as healthy teeth. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we do our best to ensure good dental health in each of our patients.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. 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 them. Be careful to (gently) get the floss down into the pocket between the tooth and gum. Scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.
Back to brushing: 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 accumulates in the gumline pockets, the gums can start receding.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.
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 issues with the parts you can’t see.
We work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.
At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry. We also serve the Blue Ash, Montgomery, and Loveland areas. Schedule a cleaning and checkup with us today.
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