Maintaining a healthy smile doesn’t have to be the ultimate challenge.
If you want a strong, healthy smile for life then you have to put in a little time and effort to ensure that your teeth and gums are getting what they need. Keeping up with good oral hygiene habits isn’t hard but it does take some discipline. Our Fowlerville, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa are here to tell you what constitutes good oral hygiene.
Brush Twice a Day
The best way to prevent plaque buildup is to brush twice a day, once in the morning and again at night. Brushing at night right before bedtime is crucial so that bacteria, food and plaque don’t sit on your teeth overnight. Also, make sure that when you are brushing that you are brushing for at least two minutes (set a timer to keep you honest!).
Your Brushing Form is Important
What’s the benefit of brushing twice a day if you aren’t doing it right? The technique is just as important as how often you brush when it comes to reducing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Start with the front surface of your teeth, brushing gently back and forth in short movements (you don’t have to press hard for brushing to be effective). Then get the back surfaces of your teeth by brushing vertically up and down. Lastly, brush the chewing surfaces and your tongue.
Flossing Shouldn’t be Skipped
If you don’t floss regularly enough you might find that even the idea of flossing is too much, but it’s actually very simple and could prevent decay and gum disease from forming. After all, your toothbrush can’t get into these crevices nearly as well, which means that food and plaque can sit in between teeth if you don’t floss. Flossing once a day right before bedtime (and right before you brush) will reduce plaque and tartar buildup and give you a more thorough clean.
Visit Your Dentist
Everyone, no matter how healthy they are, should visit their Fowlerville, MI, general dentist twice a year (every six months) for cleanings and checkups. Not only will we perform a professional dental cleaning to promote a healthy smile but we can also detect decay and other problems early on when they are much simpler and less costly to treat. Preventive dentistry could actually save you a lot of money in the long run.
Fowlerville Family Dentistry is committed to providing families within the Fowlerville, MI, area with quality, thorough dental care whenever you need it. Call us today to schedule routine cleanings for the whole family.