Do you care about the look and comfort of your smile, but sometimes wonder what all you should really be doing in order to best protect your smile? If so, have you spoken to your dentist about the importance of combining healthy habits, at home, with routine dental visits for smile-saving cleanings? Dental problems like cavities and even gum disease are incredibly common. Fortunately, they can be prevented in most cases. It just requires combining healthy choices with the help of a general dentist!
Dental Hygiene, at Home, Is Important
Most adults commit to brushing their teeth twice a day, yet the vast majority admit that they do not floss on a regular basis. Flossing is just as important as brushing, to protect the smile’s health, because it helps to remove the food particles and bacteria that can easily lodge in the small crevices between teeth, where toothbrush bristles cannot effectively reach. By removing more bacteria, flossing helps to reduce plaque buildup, thereby helping to prevent cavity development.
Preventive Visits Are Also Essential
Of course, no amount of hygiene is a substitute for visiting the dentist regularly for preventive care. Checkups and cleanings are necessary for removing any existing tartar buildup, but also to allow the dentist to check for burgeoning issues, such as the beginning stages of cavities, or periodontitis, or as it is more commonly known, gum disease.
Most patients should see the dentist at least twice a year, to protect their smiles from common oral health threats. However, those patients with history of cavities or gum disease, could require more frequent visits to adequately protect their teeth and gums from further erosion or inflammation.