Improving Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Is your oral hygiene really as effective as you would like to believe? Are you sure your dentist will have no concerns with the state of your smile at your next dental exam? At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can do more than just help you by providing preventive oral health care during a routine appointment. We can help you identify shortcomings in your daily habits, and that can lead to better efforts to prevent trouble with tooth decay! A change in your routine can also be beneficial because it can reduce your risk for problems with gum disease.

Is There Room For Improvement In Your Hygiene Routine?

How long have you been able to remain cavity-free? When did you last have to undergo restorative dental work, or receive a periodontal cleaning instead of a routine cleaning? Even if you have enjoyed a long span of time without the need for professional treatment, you may want to reevaluate how you approach preserving a healthy smile. Making positive changes before you experience a problem can further protect you against harm!

Avoiding Mistakes That Can Affect Your Smile Care

Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day to fight the accumulation of bacteria and debris between teeth, will help you stay out of trouble with your smile. Be sure to clean thoroughly – it should take you at least two minutes to brush, and you should move the floss string vertically and clean down to your gum line. While consistency is important, you should also think about other good habits, including smart diet choices that limit your intake of sugary and acidic products that can make you more likely to experience difficulties with your smile. Pay attention to the products you use when you care for your smile – for example, confirm that you are using an ADA-accepted toothpaste at all times, and swap out an old toothbrush for a new one after three months, or when you notice the bristles are starting to wear down.

Keep Scheduling Your Regular Dental Exams!

Do better daily behaviors take the place of regular dental exams? It might be tempting to think that you have no need for scheduled appointments, skipping them can lead to trouble. For example, you miss out on tartar removal. You also lose out on warnings about issues like bruxism, a teeth grinding habit that stress and other issues can trigger.

Talk To Your Prairie Village, KS Dentist’s Office To Schedule An Oral Hygiene Routine!

Through regular dental care at our practice and good behaviors at home, you can keep your smile safe against potential issues with gum disease and tooth decay! To find out more about how we can help you, please contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.