When we see our patients for their “cleaning” appointments, we take the opportunity to:
- Assess their general oral health
- Help them develop good habits in their homecare
- Detect any gum disease or tooth decay in the early stages (when it’s easier and less costly to treat)
- Screen for oral cancer and other diseases with symptoms that can appear in the mouth
The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.