How to Practice Good Dental Hygiene

February 11, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Did you know that dental plaque is the main cause of many oral health issues? Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that uses the sugar in your mouth to create an acid. This acid attacks your teeth and gums over time. Your best defense is practicing good dental hygiene at home.

Here’s how to maintain a healthy smile between appointments.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

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We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. That way, you’ll be able to remove plaque before it has a chance to harden into tartar.

While you can remove plaque at home, only a dental professional will be able to remove tartar.

Always brush your teeth before going to bed. Otherwise, you’ll be bathing your teeth in sugar while you sleep. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, sensitive teeth, bad breath, and many other oral health issues.

Floss Once a Day

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Floss your teeth once a day to remove any plaque or food particles caught between teeth. That way, you’ll be able to avoid any cavities that form between teeth and along the gum line.

You should especially floss if you feel like something is caught between your teeth.

Use a Fluoride Mouth Rinse

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Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel so it’s more resistant to acid attacks from plaque. If we notice a lot of plaque buildup during your next appointment, we may recommend adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your oral care routine.

See Your Dentist Every 6 Months

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One of the secrets to good oral health is seeing your dentist on a regular basis. In general, most patients only need to see us every 6 months. That way, we’re able to examine the inside of their mouth and take any necessary dental X-rays. During a teeth cleaning appointment, we also remove any plaque and tartar buildup.

The only exception to the six-month rule may be if you have a chronic condition. Under these circumstances, our dentists would recommend more frequent visits so they can closely monitor your oral health. For example, you may need to see your dentist more often if you have periodontitis.

Your appointment is also a good opportunity for us to examine any restorations, such as fillings and crowns. If a dental restoration shows any signs of wear and tear, we may recommend replacing it before it compromises the tooth. For example, a dental crown may last between 5 and 15 years.

By catching small issues early, we’re able to reduce your risk of needing emergency dental care.

Request an Appointment With Us

Ready to take the next step? We would be more than happy to help you on your journey to a healthier, more attractive smile! But first, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our office.

Our dentists in Shelby Charter Township, MI, are ready to help you maintain a healthy smile for life! To schedule an appointment, call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222. You may also fill out our online contact form.

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