05 Jan Get a Good Start on your New Year’s Resolution to Maintain Oral Health
Have you decided to prioritize a healthy smile in 2018? Here are a few tips to help you follow through on that worthwhile resolution.
Regular Dental Visits
Of course, you should plan to see your dentist regularly – at least every six months – in order to maintain your oral health. These routine checkups and professional cleanings go far in reducing the severity of oral diseases and sometimes help to prevent those conditions entirely.
If your teeth and gums are monitored twice each year, it’s much more likely that any concerns like tooth decay or gum disease will be identified much earlier, before they have the chance to do much harm to your smile. It’s also easier to treat these conditions in their milder forms, while more advanced oral diseases may require more complex or invasive interventions.
Professional Dental Cleaning
The cleanings provided by the hygienists who work with your dentist also are crucial to your oral health. Even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth, you may still accumulate some plaque or tartar on your teeth, especially in the spots that are hard for you to reach with your toothbrush on your own. Hygienists have better angles on these spots and can use specialized instruments to clean your teeth, which tends to be more effective at removing plaque.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Going to your dentist for routine care isn’t all that you need to do, however. You must also commit to taking good care of your teeth at home between these visits. Brush twice each day, for two minutes each time. Floss daily. Consider an anti-bacterial mouthwash if you tend to accumulate plaque pretty quickly.
If you make a good plan for a robust home oral hygiene routine and obtain routine professional care at recommended intervals, you will go far to keep your resolution of maintaining a healthy smile. Is it coming up on six months since your last checkup and cleaning? Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule an appointment and get off to a good start.