How To Maintain Oral Hygiene
What is the most effective way to brush?
How often should I visit a dentist for maintenance and cleaning?
Does sugar really rot your teeth or does it just stain them?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing at least twice daily, flossing once per day, and seeing your dental hygienist for regular checkups every six months. We recommend starting good oral hygiene habits early by brushing baby’s gums when you begin brushing your own teeth; this helps baby get used to having their mouth cleaned regularly. Some patients worry that the fluoride in toothpaste can be harmful but studies have shown no link between higher doses of fluoride consumption through drinking water and adverse health effects. With that being said, we do not recommend brushing your teeth with fluoridated tap water. Many people are concerned about the sugar in their diet but remember this: all foods will cause some damage to your teeth over time; nothing is off limits! The more you brush and floss after eating sugary food or drinks, however, the less damage they will have on your smile. Sugar does discolor your enamel but it won’t rot or erode away any of that precious tooth structure unless you let an infection fester inside those pearly whites for too long without seeking treatment from a dentist.
What if I am anxious during my visit?
Is there anything I can do at home before visiting a dental office?
If you are anxious about your upcoming appointment, talk to the office staff. They will gladly provide sedatives or mild numbing agents (to be taken orally) if needed before an exam/procedure; no prior orders necessary! If you’re looking for ways to keep on top of oral hygiene between appointments with a dental hygienist, try adding some mouthwash and flossing into your daily routine as well as using fluoride toothpaste. This is especially important if you suffer from anxiety surrounding dental care because keeping up good at-home habits can help reduce some stress when it comes time for professional cleanings every six months. We also recommend trying out Sonicare Electric Toothbrush which has been clinically proven to remove plaque.