Although visiting the dentist for your check-ups is vitally important to your oral health, there’s another way to preserve your smile that’s even more important: your at-home oral hygiene regimen. Dental exams by your dentist and professional teeth cleaning by dental hygienists are important. However, the most effective way to prevent tooth decay can be done at home in your own bathroom. Williamsburg Dental Health Center is committed to helping our Williamsburg, VA patients have the best oral health possible.
The Best At-Home Regimen For Healthy Teeth Includes:
Brush your teeth twice a day
We’ve all heard how important it is to brush our teeth twice daily, and for good reason. Brushing with an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved toothpaste and toothbrush can remove tooth-destroying plaque from the teeth. It’s important to brush twice a day, once at night to remove plaque from the day, and once in the morning to remove the plaque that built up while you slept.
Floss every day
Oral bacteria aren’t just on the front or back of our teeth: they also work their way into the tiny spaces between them, too. Flossing actually breaks up bacterial colonies, preventing them from building up in the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Lack of flossing can lead to cavities between the teeth, which are harder to treat.
Rinse After Eating
Plaque never stops building up. Everything we eat and drink contributes to plaque buildup, but rinsing your mouth with water between meals (and staying hydrated) helps protect your teeth against this process. You can also add a mouthwash to your daily routine to protect against gum disease.
When Do I Need A Dentist?
The ADA recommends dental checkups every six months, where a hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning and a dentist will examine your mouth, throat, head, and neck to identify any problems before they lead to more serious issues.
If you are experiencing uncontrolled bleeding, unusual symptoms in the mouth, or tooth pain, visit your dentist immediately. Treating problems early is much easier than if you wait so it’s better to be proactive.
Williamsburg, VA Dentist
Dr. Stacey Sparkman Hall offers comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. Contact our Williamsburg dental office online or by phone at 757.216.9873 today to schedule an appointment.