Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is an essential part of healthy living. It’s not brushing alone that results in better hygiene. For the best results ask Dr. Bruggeman what he would recommend as a daily oral hygiene practice. Dr. Bruggeman can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene practices please ask us. When you visit Dr. Bruggeman at our dental office in Thornton, Colorado, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and quality dental work.

Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We provide some periodontal cleanings and treatment, or we will refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Taking Care Of Your Teeth

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth healthier longer. Brushing, flossing and mouth wash are all healthy habits to get into. However, despite at-home care some diseases and conditions are unavoidable. It is recommended by Dr. Burggeman to have a least one check up annually and is some cases every six months depending on your case.


The most common issue that is treatable with at-home dental care is the build-up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria, a combination of food particles and saliva, that form on your teeth. Most harmful are sugary food and starches which combine with bacteria to create acids that eat at your teeth and gums. Sugars aren’t the only enemy.  Most all bacteria in plaque make acids that cause cavities. Plaque also leads to periodontal (gum) disease. This can become a serious disease that can stun your immune system making you more susceptible to other disease and illnesses. Gum disease will damage bone and destroy the tissues around your teeth if it’s not treated.

The best defense is to remove plaque before it has a chance to build up and cause problems is brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Brushing alone can’t reach between every nook and cranny so flossing between your teeth can remove plaque brushing can’t reach. You also can use other tools to keep your mouth and teeth clean. If you’d like to learn more, stop by and visit Dr. Bruggeman at Bruggemen Dental.