Staying healthy and happy requires a lot of work on your part both at home as well as making sure you are scheduling regular trips to our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office. That’s why, in today’s post, we wanted to talk about the importance of creating excellent oral hygiene routines, and sticking to them. Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with the Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care team to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Roeder.
Aim For A Better Smile Each And Every Day
Look, you are the one who gets to set the tone. As such, you should begin your day by brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. Consider this: if you’ve been brushing right after breakfast you could actually be doing more harm than good. It sounds counterintuitive, but it is the truth. Plaque acids from food actually soften the enamel, and something as gentle as brushing your teeth can scrape and damage it. You will want to wait at least 30 minutes between eating and brushing!
You might want to head out the door with a fresh-feeling mouth. Rinsing is a great way to achieve that, especially with a fluoride-fortified mouthwash. Throughout the day, you will want to drink plenty of water, and watch what you put into your body.
Start Forming Good Evening Habits
Families are over-programmed these days. It is hard to keep up with a busy schedule at work, school, etc. We understand that time is tight. You probably need to take it easy in the evening. But after dinner, as you begin to wind down and get closer and closer to bedtime, make sure you haven’t eaten anything inside of a half hour or so, because you don’t want to brush a mouth full of plaque acid! Then brush your pearly whites one more time.
After that, go find the floss. Flossing is essential to your oral health because it goes places your toothbrush can’t get to. The spaces between your teeth are some of the most sensitive spots in your mouth, and if you don’t keep them clean gum disease and cavities are going to soon pop up in places you can’t detect.
Six Month Checkups Are Essential
It all starts at home–but it certainly doesn’t end there. We all know that brushing and flossing can go a long way toward preserving the health of your smile, but it can’t go as far as a professional exam. Finding a dentist like Dr. Roeder that you can trust to keep up with your ever-evolving needs will be the key to keeping your smile on the good road.
Make sure you’re seeing us every six months for a thorough dental checkup that will ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for years to come. We will give you a professional-grade cleaning, offer suggestions for further prevention (sealants, fluoride varnishes, mouthguards), and we can even screen you for oral cancer. We have the tools, training, and technology that you won’t have access to in your bathroom medicine cabinet!
Ready For Your Dream Smile? Let’s Make It Happen!
Whether you need an appointment or just have a few questions about preventive dental care in Quakertown, PA, give us a call today at 215-804-4777.