Keeping your teeth healthy is important. In order to keep those pearly whites looking healthy and beautiful, it is important to take care of your teeth at home and receive regular dental care. While at-home care is definitely a large part of oral health, it’s not the only part. We find that many patients feel that skipping a few scheduled cleanings won’t be detrimental to their health. The truth is these regular dental visits can help address issues before they become a problem, minimizing the risk of cavities or gum disease.
Brushing our teeth is something we learn as a child and often seems like second nature. Did you know that many adults don’t properly brush their teeth? In many cases, people take a few seconds to brush the teeth quickly, paying little attention to technique. In order to clean the teeth properly, brushing should take about two minutes. The proper technique involves short, circular strokes with a soft-bristled brush along all surfaces of the teeth. Additionally, it’s important to take time to brush the tongue before finishing.
Flossing is another important component to oral hygiene that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Flossing should be done to remove food particles that can be lodged between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. To begin, gather about 18-20 inches of floss and wrap a portion around each index finger. Gently work the floss between the teeth all the way down to the gum line.
While your at-home routine does help reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, it is still important to seek regular professional dental care. During these visits, the dentist performs a thorough exam, which allows him to identify potential problem areas before they become a major dental issue. Additionally, professional cleanings are done to remove tartar build-up that at-home brushing alone misses.
We’re also available to answer any questions and provide information to help you keep your smile healthy. If you are in or around Rochester Hills, MI, call us today to schedule a visit.