Even if you have excellent oral hygiene and few dental problems, it’s still essential to your oral health that you visit your dentist every six months. These routine visits allow your dentist to examine your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth to identify any problems early on so that he or she can treat you before it becomes a major problem. Keeping regular appointments with your dentist helps you keep healthy teeth since many dental issues can lead to severe medical ailments down the line.
Merely seeing your dentist twice a year isn’t enough to keep your mouth healthy. Maintaining a home dental care routine is the single most important thing you can do for your oral health. Dr. Melvin Benson, Jr. and Dr. Jacob Dunham of Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO encourage their patients of all ages to maintain regular dental visits and excellent at-home oral hygiene.
The Best At-Home Regimen For Healthy Teeth Includes:
Brush your teeth twice a day
Dental experts recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day with an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved toothpaste and toothbrush. The ADA approval means you can be sure the products you are using will not harm your sensitive gums and tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth regularly helps control the buildup of plaque that can harden into tartar and the bacteria that damage tooth enamel while feeding on it.
Floss every day
Flossing daily allows you to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and beneath the gum line. Disrupting these bacterial colonies prevents them from building up and damaging your enamel.
Rinse After Eating
Rinsing your mouth after meals and snacks is also a vital part of maintaining healthy teeth. Rinsing out your mouth with water can help protect your teeth against tooth decay. Adding a mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine can help control bacteria and reduce your risk of developing gingivitis and gum disease.
When should I begin to visit Integrated Dental Arts?
Most dentists, including our Integrated Dental Arts dentists, recommend children begin seeing the dentist starting with the eruption of their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first. This allows them to acclimate to the dentist’s office while having an age-appropriate cleaning. We can give you guidance on how to care for your child’s developing teeth and help them feel comfortable with dental care.
Visiting the dentist with your child allows you to demonstrate to your children the importance of healthy dental habits. Children who come with their parents when they are having dental care are far less likely to feel anxiety about dental care which builds solid foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
Schedule an Appointment for Healthy Teeth
Dr. Benson and Dr. Dunham of Integrated Dental Arts offer comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. Contact our Greeley, CO dental office online or by phone at 970.281.5972 today to schedule an appointment.