Preventive Dentistry for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
How Well Do You Commit to Oral Care?
When it comes to looking after the health of your mouth, a proper oral care routine is absolutely necessary. Sometimes, it can be challenging for patients to stay on track and stay consistent with their hygiene habits – whether it be a problem with flossing every day, or not brushing for long enough. Have you been sticking to a proper oral care routine? Whatever the case may be, it’s helpful to be reminded of the importance of preventive dentistry from time to time.
What is a complete at-home oral care routine?
- Brushing twice daily, for at least two minutes at a time
- Brushing every surface of every tooth, including hard-to-reach back areas
- Brushing or scraping the tongue to remove bacteria daily
- Flossing daily, bringing the floss below and up the gum line on every side of every tooth
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet with controlled sugar consumption
Preventive Dentistry Extends to the Dentist’s Office
In addition to practicing a good oral hygiene routine at home, it’s vital that a patient schedules check-up and cleaning appointments with their dentist every 6 months, or as necessary.
During a routine professional cleaning, the dental hygienist will use special dental tools to scrape away bacterial buildup, and will polish the surfaces of the teeth so that they become smooth and hard for bacteria to adhere to. The dentist or hygienist will briefly go over your medical history with you, and will ask you about any concerns you may have with your mouth. He or she will check your mouth for any problems, and may take X-rays to get a better look. Your dental care provider is always willing to demonstrate cleaning techniques or offer advice on how you can improve your personal oral care routine at home.
Good Oral Health: It’s Simple!
Protecting yourself from tooth decay and other dental issues doesn’t need to be complicated. Just ensure that you’re committing to a proper care routine every day, and don’t skip out on professional cleanings and check-ups with your dentist and hygienist!
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