Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Oral Health

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Oral Health Blog General & Preventive Dentistry Oral health is an important part of maintaining an overall healthy body.

At our Wilmington dental office, we want to make sure all of our patients and neighbors know the ins and outs of getting their mouths optimally clean so they’re sure to reap all the benefits of good oral hygiene.

The Tools

Toothbrush – Besides picking your favorite color or one that coordinates with your bathroom decor, choose a toothbrush that has a medium-sized, soft-bristled head to ensure comfort and avoid damage. When the bristles start to fray, or following a bout of illness, trade in your trusty toothbrush for a new one.

Toothpaste – Select a toothpaste that fits your specific needs. Suffer from sensitivity? Search for a formula that has desensitizing ingredients. Looking for other protection? There are numerous options to help a variety of issues like bad breath or weakened enamel. Whatever your needs, find the boxes with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal.

Floss – Again, there are different types of floss for different types of teeth. Those with tight teeth should use waxed floss for easy gliding while those with teeth that are a bit farther apart can use regular floss. Hate flossing all together? Try a floss pick for easier use.

The Techniques

Brushing and flossing seem incredibly easy, and they are, but that also means it’s easy to not pay attention while doing them. Make sure your teeth are getting the attention they deserve by brushing twice a day, every day, in small, circular motions. Hit all sides of the teeth and brush for at least two minutes every time. When it comes to flossing, it’s crucial to do it every day and get in between each tooth and up under the gum line.

The Twice-A-Year Visits

Regular visits to your dentist in Wilmington at least two times a year help make sure no problems are lurking in your mouth, and if they are, they’re caught and treated early. These visits can catch cavities developing, early signs of oral cancer, or gum disease. They’re also a great time to talk with your dentist about any cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry you may be interested in like tooth whitening, dental implants, or cosmetic bonding.

If your at-home oral health routine is on point — you’re using the right toothbrush and toothpaste and you remember to floss — but you’re missing your bi-annual visits with your dentist, your mouth isn’t in its best, healthiest state. Take your mouth to its ultimate stage of health by scheduling an appointment at our Wilmington dental office today.

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“Several years ago, I was diagnosed with mild moderate sleep apnea after a 2-day study in a sleep clinic. My medical doctor had prescribed the CPAP machine for me. I’m sure there are others out there who have success with the CPAP, but after multiple problems getting used to it I finally gave up.

In the spring of 2012, during my normal teeth cleaning visit to Dr. Nibouar’s office, I was updating my medical history with Pam and shared my sleep apnea condition. She told me that Dr. Nibouar was able to make sleep apnea appliances. Now I wear the appliance every night and am having great success with it. Now I sleep so much better and don’t worry about having a stroke or the other medical problms that come from sleep apnea! I’m very thankful to Pam, for being a good listener and to Kat and Dr. Nibouar for making my guard and coaching me through this!”

- Margie C.