Good Dental Health in Three Steps
Your dental health correlates to your overall health. These three strategies will keep your mouth healthy and your smile white and bright.
Don’t Forget to Brush
It’s true, I’m guilty of it too… running out of the house without brushing my teeth. The only advantage I have is my dental office has plenty of toothbrushes and toothpaste, so I can brush when I get to the office. I recommend you keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your car for each family member, just in case one of them forgets as well. When you brush your teeth, it removes the germs in your mouth. That means, less cavities and often, the healthier you will be.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush at least two times per day, yet I encourage you to brush after each meal. And if for some reason you can’t brush, a good alternative is to chew gum with xitol or eat an apple. Both will help remove and wash away the germs that often stick to your teeth.
Why Should I Floss?
A patient of ours asked us this question: “I brush often and my teeth are healthy, do I still needd to floss?” Our answer: Yes, after each time you brush your teeth, it is a good habit to floss. Flossing helps to remove what brushing doesn’t. It gets between the teeth and into the gum lines helping your teeth stay healthy and beautiful.
The Importance Of A Bi-Yearly Check-Up
Last year, for one reason or another, we saw some of our patients hold off on their six month check-up, only to find out later that they had a tooth ache or new cavity appear. Those little issues cost them more money than if they had come in for their check-up and could have been prevented.
Don’t forget that your six-month check-ups are very important part of your ongoing health. Plus, a good cleaning helps your mouth and teeth shine, and that’s an important aspect to feeling good about yourself! Call us at 503-639-6900, we’re here for you if you have any questions.