Most dentists would agree that no amount of dental appointments can replace the value of good oral hygiene. While it is recommended that you schedule a regular dentist appointment for deep cleanings, dental examination and prevention, there is simply no substitute for daily brushing and flossing.
Oral Hygiene Best Practices: A Practical Guide
Not surprisingly, you should brush your teeth 2-3 times per day using a high quality brush and brushing for a minimum of two minutes. It is also important to use the appropriate pressure. To be sure you are not brushing too hard or too soft to protect your enamel, ask your dentist to review your brushing technique at your next dentist appointment.
Flossing is of the utmost importance to your teeth and gums. Not only will regular flossing help to remove excess plaque on your enamel at and near your gum line, but it will help protect the soft tissues of your gums, as well. We recommend that patients floss daily to ensure they are doing their best to protect both their gums and their teeth.
It is also recommended that patients rinse once daily with an antibacterial mouthwash. By thoroughly rinsing with a high quality mouthwash, patients can kill bacteria before it has the chance to cause damage to their enamel.
Often overlooked, lifestyle and habits play a large role in maintaining optimal oral hygiene. Excessive sugar intake through junk food, soda and other foods and beverages as well as other lifestyle habits such as smoking can severely impact oral health.
At Walding & Associates, we are happy to provide oral hygiene education to patients of all ages and will take the time to ensure our patients are properly educated on how best to care for their teeth and gums. If you live in Haines City, Crystal Lake, Lake Wales, Auburndale or the surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule a dentist appointment with one of our experienced and skilled dentists.