No matter your age, it is important to have preventative dental care habits. At our office in Sun City West, AZ, we strive to teach good oral hygiene practices and invite our patients to schedule regular checkups with our dentist because we want everyone to have a bright, healthy smile.
Here are a few quick tips to help prevent cavities and plaque build-up between visits:
Brushing Instructions: Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. For the best results, use a fluoride toothpaste, which will help remove food particles and plaque from the surface of your teeth. Also, always brush the top of your tongue. This will remove extra plaque-causing food particles that cause bad breath.
Flossing Instructions: Be sure to floss at least once each day to clean between your teeth. Additionally, use mouthwash to kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh. There are some places between your teeth a toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not floss and use mouthwash, bacteria will remain between your teeth and cause decay. Also, floss and mouthwash can help to remove food particle and plaque your toothbrush might have missed.
To keep your teeth healthy, try to avoid too many sugary treats. The best way to do this is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Eating nutritious foods like cheese, fruit, raw vegetable and yogurt, will help to keep your bright smile cavity free.
Regularly scheduled checkups with your dentist every three to six months to have a professional cleaning will help keep your smile healthy. In addition to your checkups, your dentist has a variety of additional tools that can be taken to keep your teeth healthy. Be sure to speak with your dentist about dental sealants, a plastic coating that is applied to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often begins.
Playing sports can be fun, but dangerous for your teeth. Ask your dentist about mouthguards that can be worn to keep your smile safe while you play.
Has it been six months since your last checkup? If so, it is time to contact our office in Sun City West, AZ to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
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Brushing and Flossing Techniques