Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene Chapel Hill NC

The importance of good oral hygiene

More teeth are lost by gum disease (periodontitis) in those over 35 than by cavities. At some point in their lives, three out of every four adults experience this. By using proper dental brushing and flossing practices on a daily basis, you may avoid cavities and periodontal disease the best way possible.

Bacterial plaque is the root of both decay and periodontal disease. A white coating called plaque adheres to your teeth at the gum line. Your teeth are continually developing plaque. You may get rid of these microbes and help prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly each day.

Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth might become sensitive to heat and cold following dental work. Only if the tongue is maintained clean should this persist for very long. The sensitivity will persist and can even worsen if the mouth is not kept clean. Consult your dentist or hygienist if your teeth are particularly sensitive. They might suggest a mouthwash or toothpaste with medication designed especially for sensitive teeth.

Choosing Oral Hygiene Products

The market is filled with so many products that it might be complicated and challenging to decide which one to buy. Here are some recommendations for selecting dental care items that will be effective for the majority of individuals.

For the majority of patients, automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes are secure and efficient. While oral irrigators (machines that spray water into your mouth) will thoroughly rinse your mouth, they cannot eradicate plaque. The irrigator must be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing. Electric toothbrushes produce really good results. The Braun Oral B and the Phillips Sonicare are two of our favorites.

The rubber tip on the handle of some toothbrushes is used to massage the gums after brushing. Interproximal toothbrushes are little brushes that clean in between your teeth. You risk damaging your gums if these are used incorrectly, so talk to your doctor about the best way to use them.

When combined with brushing, flossing, and fluoride toothpaste, tooth decay can be reduced by up to 40%. Remember that children under the age of six should not use these rinses. Tartar control toothpastes will lessen tartar above the gum line, but since gum disease begins beneath the gum line, it is unknown whether these products may lessen the early stages of gum disease.

Dental calculus can be minimized by daily brushing and flossing, but it can be completely eliminated by a professional dental cleaning in areas where your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your trip to our office is a crucial component of your gum disease prevention strategy. Keep your teeth for the rest of your life.

Your Teeth Deserve Exceptional Care

A dental exam allows Dr. Lehmann to evaluate your oral hygiene. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Preventative Care


Dental Anxiety and Phobia


Up to 75% of Americans have some level of dental phobia, and 20% choose not to get their teeth cleaned as a result. We want you to know that our top goal is making you feel safe and at ease while visiting our office. Dental phobias and anxieties can manifest in many different ways, and each person has different fears. Dental anxiety can range from minor to serious, and it frequently manifests as a generalized feeling of fear and dread when anticipating a forthcoming surgery.