By R. Ian Murray, DMD
July 24, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

There are a few ways that you and your dentist can tell if you are keeping up with good oral hygiene habits. The way you treat your teeth oral hygieneshows up in the way your smile looks, and other people definitely notice. Test yourself at home, and then visit Dr. R. Ian Murray at his Stuart, FL dentist office to get confirmation.

The Shade of Your Teeth
Everyone’s teeth are susceptible to staining and discoloration over time because of the foods we eat. But when you have good oral hygiene your teeth stay whiter for a longer time. Brushing after each meal helps remove the residue from the enamel so it doesn’t have a chance to set. If your teeth are darkly discolored (yellow or brown) that’s a sign that you’re not keeping good oral hygiene.

The Color of Your Gums
Your gum health is as important as your tooth health when it comes to oral hygiene. Healthy gums are pink and closely attached to the base of your teeth. If your teeth are red, bleeding or forming pockets around the teeth, that’s a potential sign of gingivitis and also a sign that you may not be prioritizing hygienic dental habits. It’s also a sign that you should see your Stuart dentist immediately.

Your Breath
When you take good care of your teeth and gums, your breath is fresh and clean. If your breath still smells after you brush in the morning, that’s a sign of a hygiene problem. One of the main causes of bad breath is food trapped between the teeth—that happens when you don’t floss daily. Another cause is gum disease or a cavity that needs treatment by your Stuart dentist.

A Few Best Practices and Hygiene Tips
Some people believe that they have good hygiene habits, but are surprised when they go to the dentist and learn that there’s a problem. Here are a few not-so-obvious dental hygiene tips:

- If you have any hardened tartar or calculus forming around your teeth, see your dentist immediately for safe removal. It doesn’t usually go away with simple flossing or brushing.
- Wearing the retainer or mouth guard you were prescribed by your dentist at night is very important to maintaining good dental health.

Get Help from Your Dentist
One of the best things you can do for your oral hygiene is to see your Stuart, FL dentist for regularly scheduled checkups. Call the office today at (772) 287-5222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Murray.

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