Good dental hygiene is one of the biggest contributing factors to oral health and it’s about more than just brushing your teeth. Brushing and flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining routine dental visits are all vital components of a good dental hygiene routine. At Allen Dental Center, we partner with all our patients in Allen, TX, providing them with the proper knowledge to effectively care for their smiles.
At-Home Oral Hygiene
There are several things you can do at home to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy. We recommend the following steps:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily (preferably after every meal). Use a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth. Individuals with braces need to avoid bad hygiene habits as it increases the risk of developing decay.
- Floss or use an interdental cleaner at least once per day to remove food particles that get trapped between teeth and other hard to reach places.
- Consider using antibacterial mouthwashes as one final step to removing bacteria after brushing and flossing.
- Eat a healthy diet loaded with fruits and veggies. Try to minimize sugary, starchy foods which can increase the risk of decay.
Routine Dental Hygiene Visits
Even individuals with the best oral hygiene routines will need to visit the dentist twice yearly for an exam and professional cleaning. Over time, plaque that was not removed from the teeth through brushing will harden, forming tartar which is a substance that cannot be removed with brushing alone. Using our professional cleaning tools, we can remove tartar and polish the teeth to leave them looking and feeling great. During the exam, we can identify areas that may be at risk for decay or disease and make recommendations for treatment or management to prevent them from advancing further.
We are committed to your oral health
At Allen Dental Center, our priority is the dental health of all our patients. We know that through good oral hygiene at home and routine dental hygiene visits, many of our patients can avoid common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. If you live in the Allen, TX area, call us at (469) 293-2007 to schedule an appointment.