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By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How your dentist in Eau Claire, WI, can help you enjoy a healthy smile

Did you know that keeping good oral hygiene habits can help your smile and your body stay healthy? It’s true! In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy mouth can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and having a stroke. Dr. Christopher Poss in Eau Claire, WI, offers a wide range of preventive dental care services to help you enjoy a healthy smile.

Prioritize Oral Health

When it comes to the health of your mouth, plaque is your enemy. That’s because plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins are strong enough to eat through tooth enamel causing decay. They can also cause infection in your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, causing gum and periodontal disease.

The goal of a good oral hygiene program is to disrupt and remove the plaque as thoroughly and frequently as possible, before the bacterial toxins can do damage. To effectively remove plaque, you need to:

  • Brush after meals and before you go to bed, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Brush in a gentle, circular motion, covering all the surfaces of your teeth, and along the gumline.
  • Floss at least once every day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique helps to keep the floss firmly against the surface of your tooth, for more effective cleaning.
  • Regular visits to your dentist at least once every twelve months is an important part of keeping good oral hygiene habits. A thorough dental examination and x-ray screening can help prevent you from suffering tooth pain and other dental problems.
  • You should also visit your dental hygienist for a professional cleaning once every six to twelve months. Your dental hygienist can clean away soft and hard deposits from your teeth and monitor the health of your gums for signs of gum disease.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits can save your smile and your overall health. To learn more about the benefits of good oral hygiene and preventive dental services, call your dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss of Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.