You brush your teeth to keep them looking good and make sure your breath is fresh but more importantly daily brushing and flossing gets rid of disease causing bacteria. Your mouth is germy, it is a breeding ground for many forms of microorganisms many of which are completely harmless and others that are actually beneficial.

Some strains of bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth however, can lead to trouble. They thrive on the sugar and starch in the foods that we eat and the liquids that we drink. This “bad” bacteria can cause the gum disease that has been associated with so many other disorders. Although the connection can’t yet be explained studies have proven that people who suffer from the advanced stages of gum disease are more likely to experience coronary artery disease.

If your home regimen for dental care is working your gums will look pink and your teeth will feel nice and smooth. If you do notice any bleeding after you brush be sure to mention it at your next checkup. Your hygienist will be able to suggest ways to keep your gums healthy.

Rinsing twice a day with a bacteria fighting mouthwash has proven to be a successful preventive measure for reducing your risk for gum disease.

There’s a right way to brush. Start by flossing to loosen any food particles that may have gotten stuck between your teeth. Brush for a full two minutes and don’t forget about your cheeks and tongue. Use a soft bristle brush to protect your gum tissue.

Be smart about the foods and drinks that you consume. Foods that are rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables and dairy products help to promote the flow of saliva which is nature’s way of neutralizing the acids that can eat away at tooth enamel.

Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry will be happy to provide additional educational information on how best to care for your teeth and gums. Make your next appointment today, call 509-926-6261.