Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Many patients would immediately say that they are doing a good job of taking care of their teeth, but many don’t know that they may be in oral hygienethe early stages of dental or gum disease. Almost half of Americans have some level of gum disease according to the CDC, and many don’t realize it. If you can admit that may not have been keeping the best oral hygiene habits, then you can commit to doing better in the future. Start by seeing a dentist at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, for a hygiene check.

Best Practices in Oral Hygiene
You could be doing an amazing job caring for your teeth in one way, but neglecting your smile in another way. For instance, some people brush their teeth vigorously every day but never floss. They have beautiful white teeth, but their gums are red and swollen due to gingivitis. Remember these best practices when it comes to good oral hygiene:

- Brush for two or more minutes, twice per day.
- Brush your tongue.
- Floss before bed and between meals.
- Rinse with a doctor-approved mouthwash to remove leftover dental film.
- Replace sticky sweets with crunchy sweet fruits, like pears and apples.

Oral Hygiene Benefits
One of the first benefits you’ll notice when you commit to better oral hygiene habits is that your dental visits will be much easier and quicker. Your Barrington dentist will notice the positive change. Another potential benefit is better smelling breath. Some patients have stubborn mouth orders because of the odorous bacteria in the plaque around their teeth. You will also feel better about your smile and your appearance when your teeth are clean, attractive, and in good condition.

You and Your Dentist: A Team
As is often the case, missions are much easier to accomplish when you have someone on your team helping you. Look at your dentist as a teammate or coach helping you move toward your goal of a healthy smile. Go in for visits every six months (three months if you've had a dental condition in the past).

Have Your Teeth Cleaned
Going to the dentist for a checkup and necessary treatments is a lot like wiping a blackboard clean and starting over fresh. You’ll have a chance to begin observing better oral hygiene habits. Call 224-655-6384 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Douglas Pennino, Dr. Chase Pennino, or Dr. Connor Pennino at their office in Barrington, IL.

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