In addition to getting the professional care you need to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease, you also need to practice robust oral hygiene habits at home. Daily brushing and flossing make essential contributions to your oral health.
Keep in mind that not only will your smile benefit when you receive routine dental care regularly, but your body gets a boost as well. A healthy smile truly is the gateway to a healthy body, as poor oral health is associated with various illnesses, like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Ideally, the only reason you will ever need to visit our office is for your biannual exam and cleanings. These services are valuable tools to protect your health and wellness for many reasons.
Most oral diseases are progressive in nature. This means that they get worse as time passes when left untreated. When a dentist is examining your smile every six months, it greatly increases the chances of catching a problem in its earliest stages, when it’s easiest to treat.
Your oral health is an instrumental component of your overall well-being, and you should do everything possible to minimize your risk of oral diseases. Seeing your dentist every six months will help you do this. The teeth cleanings provided at those visits help to reduce the presence of disease-causing oral bacteria. Furthermore, your dentist can spot concerning symptoms far earlier in the disease process when inspecting your teeth and gums every six months.
You should brush twice each day and floss daily. Be sure that you’re brushing for the recommended two minutes each session. If you brush for a shorter period of time, you’re probably not getting your teeth clean enough. However, brushing more than two minutes doesn’t seem to offer any additional benefits.
Our office can schedule same-day appointments to address urgent dental needs that don’t rise to the level of a trip to the ER. If you have a dental emergency, please call us as soon as possible to schedule a time to come in. You can also reach our on-call staff after hours through our answering service should you need guidance outside of our typical office hours.
You should have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year as part of your routine checkups. The dental hygienist has better angles on certain areas of your smile than you do, so the hygienist can remove any plaque or tartar residue that may have persisted despite daily brushing and flossing. Patients who tend to accumulate plaque and tartar fairly quickly may want to consider more frequent cleanings, at three- or four-month intervals.