In these uncertain times, everyone has placed a bigger focus on hygiene and clean spaces. But for dental practices – including at Smile SF, your dentist in San Francisco – hand and respiratory hygiene are concepts that always have and will continue to have great importance to all of us. The health and safety of our patients, teams, families, and community depend upon all dentists following the stringent sterilization protocols that keep the dental office one of the cleanest environments you’ll visit. After all, we’re designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
But you’ve heard enough about hand and respiratory hygiene – you know what to do to keep yourself safe. In today’s blog we’re going to talk about oral hygiene – another of our areas of expertise as a dental and dental hygiene practice. It is critical to ensure your oral hygiene practices protect you and your family from gum disease, tooth decay, and sudden the sudden dental emergencies that can interfere with your life.
Oral Hygiene 101
Tooth Brushing – always your first defense against the buildup of bacteria (plaque) that hardens into calculus. Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice per day is more important now than ever. You need to keep your teeth healthy and clean to prevent the acids from bacteria from eating away at your tooth enamel and causing tooth decay. Be gentle and use a soft-bristles brush to protect your gums from irritation and your teeth from abrasion.
Flossing – this is how you clean your teeth where your brush can’t reach – the spaces between your teeth. Whether you use floss or another interdental cleaner that meets your individual preferences or mobility needs, make sure you do this once per day. It will help prevent root decay and the gum disease that, if left untreated, is the leading cause of tooth loss and is connected to systemic diseases including heart and respiratory diseases.
Here are some home hygiene tips:
- Wash your hands before flossing and brushing.
- Do not share toothbrushes. Oral bacteria can be passed to other family members and can potentially spread periodontal and viral diseases.
- If you run out of toothpaste, brush with water to remove plaque. Rinse with mouthwash for a fresh clean mouth.
- Store your toothbrush in a container that has air holes.
- Keep oral hygiene tools dry and clean.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months, when the bristles begin to fray, and after every illness.
- When purchasing a toothbrush, make sure you select a soft-bristled brush.
Excellent oral hygiene remains the best way to protect your oral health and your confidence-inspiring smile. If it’s been a while since your last dental visit – or you’re looking for a new dentist in San Francisco for your family, give us a call! We’d be honored to welcome you to our dental practice family.
Yours in excellent oral health,
Dr. Farah Sefidvash, your dentist in San Francisco