Preventive dental services like exams and cleanings are essential if you want to achieve excellent oral health. But professional cleanings are most effective when you are proactive with your daily oral hygiene at home.
If you aren’t experiencing any immediate problems, though, it’s easy to get a little too relaxed with your oral hygiene routine. Your technique might get a little sloppy, and since nothing hurts, it might even be okay to skip flossing occasionally?
Oral Hygiene Tips for a Healthy Smile
Oral health problems like gum disease can quickly damage your smile if you’re not diligent about oral hygiene. Here are some simple steps to take to avoid issues and maintain a healthy smile.
- Brush at least two times per day and floss daily to prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria on your teeth and in your mouth. Plaque that sits on your teeth leads to gum disease and tooth decay. Bacteria can cause infections and halitosis, also known as bad breath.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months because firm bristles are more effective at eliminating plaque. That old, worn-out toothbrush isn't doing much to clean your teeth anyway, and it could be collecting bacteria.
- Avoid using toothpicks or other harmful objects that can inflame, irritate, or cut your gums and lead to infection or gum disease. Instead, try using an antiseptic mouthwash or a rubber-tipped oral stimulator to clean those places that brushing and flossing don’t reach.
- Have a professional dental cleaning every six months or as instructed by your dentist. A cleaning at our office is much more thorough than your daily brushing, and it also gives us a chance to make sure you don’t have any dental problems developing.
If you are experiencing any problems, it’s best to address them right away. Common symptoms that we need to treat promptly include increased sensitivity to temperature, toothaches, puffy or red gums, and sensitivity to pressure or when chewing.
Please Call Us to Schedule an Appointment
If you are looking for a family dentist in Alpharetta who will monitor your oral hygiene and provide the guidance you need, please call us to arrange an appointment.