You already know the importance of sound dental hygiene to maintaining your dental health and preventing gum disease. In addition, good dental hygiene is closely linked to improved overall health. Taking care of your teeth and gums can be an important step in preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even problems during pregnancy.
The best dental hygiene regimens combine good oral hygiene habits at home with excellent professional dental care from your Amarillo family and general dentist.
At the Esler Dental Group, Dr. Esler and his staff provide an individualized approach by integrating the disciplines of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry, and restorative dentistry. In so doing, Dr. Esler is able to provide you with the best and most long-lasting results from our treatments.
Dental Care at Home
Brushing and flossing are the foundation of good oral health. The goal of good home care is to prevent plaque buildup that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are some tips to maximize your results:
- Brushing: If you can’t brush after every meal, brush at least twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. Brush for at least three minutes each time. You may find it helpful to have a timer. Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, and brush in small circles. Brushing too hard can actually harm the teeth and gums, so a soft brush with a firm but gentle touch is ideal. You can divide your mouth into quadrants to ensure you get to every surface.
- Flossing: Flossing is more often neglected, but it is essential to cleaning between the teeth where brushing can’t reach. If you struggle with flossing, try different types of floss or small flossers that can help you get to hard to reach spaces. Flossing after meals is ideal, but floss at least once per day minimum.
Professional Dental Care
Even the most careful home care cannot substitute for regular cleanings in our Amarillo office. Dr. Esler will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan so you can be sure to get timely treatment for any issues that may arise. Early detection of dental problems is integral to fast healing and great health.
If you have any concerns about your dental treatment, from dental anxiety to concerns over costs, the Esler Dental Group can offer a solution. If you live in the Texas panhandle area including Amarillo, Borger or Dalhart, TX please contact our family dentist today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clinton L. Esler or call us at (806) 576-3076.