3 Important Oral Hygiene Habits

What are you currently doing to protect yourself against tooth decay and gum disease? Your daily oral hygiene routine is important, and so is your attendance at regular oral health exams. The right approach to preventive care will help you maintain a healthier, more attractive smile through the years. It will also make you less likely to experience problems like dental decay and gum disease, common but preventable issues. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office is ready to see you if you are due - or past due - for your next routine appointment. Remember that we are also here to help you by providing restorative and cosmetic services.

1. Attend Routine Dental Cleanings And Exams On A Regular Basis

Without regular dental checkups, you lose out on helpful early warnings when cavities or gum disease affect you. Gingivitis is something that we can address by clearing out bacteria that are starting to gather below your gum line. When you have a problem with dental decay, we can treat your tooth by removing the infected area and placing a dental filling for support. Even if you have no issues, these visits provide important feedback about the condition of your teeth and gums, as well as preventive cleanings that clear away the tartar buildup that can make you more vulnerable to future difficulties.

2. Avoid The Common Mistakes That People Make When Caring For Their Teeth At Home

A good routine involves consistent brushing and flossing. Beyond brushing twice a day and flossing every evening, make sure that you avoid these common mistakes:

  • Make sure you replace a toothbrush after three months, or when the bristles begin to look worn
  • Brush for at least two minutes to make sure every part of your smile is cleaned
  • Remember to move your floss in a vertical motion to fully clear out bacteria and food particles
  • Confirm that you are using an ADA-accepted toothpaste that contains fluoride

If you are unsure about your current routine, you can ask your dentist questions during a checkup to look for ways to improve how you care for your smile.

3. Stay Hydrated By Drinking Water Throughout The Day

By drinking water throughout the day, and consuming it in place of flavored beverages like soda, you can reduce your risk for dental decay. You can also lower your exposure to products that can stain teeth. In addition to washing away food particles, water helps you stay hydrated, which makes it easier for you to naturally defend your smile by producing saliva.

Your Seattle, WA Dentist Can Help You Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Through good habits at home and a commitment to regular dental exams and cleanings, you can sustain better oral hygiene. When you do this, you can avoid common oral health threats while maintaining a smile that you are eager to show off! Our Seattle, WA dentist's office can help you maintain a good routine by providing guidance on daily oral care, and by taking care of your smile in the office. For more information, or to set an appointment, call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist 206-789-2555.

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