Greetings to you all in the Monkton, Maryland area! At Hereford Dental Health, your premier general and cosmetic dentistry provider, we believe that healthy gums are as important as healthy teeth. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.
When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle aiming the bristle tips at the gumline. 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 the teeth. 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 toothbrushing: 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 multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away.
Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the lower part of the tooth can’t fight decay as well as the part 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.
At Hereford Dental Health Dr. Longenecker and the rest of our team work with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits. During your exam, Dr. Longenecker will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.
At Hereford Dental Health, Dr. Longenecker and the rest of our team provides comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services in the Monkton area, including: restorative dentistry and porcelain veneers. If your teeth are stained and you want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching. If you have not had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness, tenderness, or pain, call us at Hereford Dental Health today at 410-357-0099 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination.