Sometimes we don’t brush as often or as efficiently as we should. We don’t take the time to hit every tooth and spend the minutes really cleaning our teeth. Flossing is also something we tend to put off or do halfheartedly.
But good oral hygiene is essential to your oral health; it is the difference between maintaining your teeth for life or possibly losing them to neglect—and neglect adds up across the years.
Excellent Oral Hygiene Habits
Excellent oral habits start at home with your toothbrush and dental floss. The American Dental Association recommends using these tools at least twice each day, and your dentist in Amherst agrees. However, if you’re prone to cavities or have indulged in sweets, you might consider adding a third session to protect your teeth and gums from decay, infections and periodontal disease.
With your brushing and flossing sessions, remember to spend the time—at least two minutes. You should be hitting every tooth on all sides. And don’t forget to clean your gums.
Part of quality oral hygiene includes visiting your dentist at least two times every year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
Between your at-home efforts and your Amherst dentist’s attention to detail, you should have a smile that lasts for life.
Why Good Oral Hygiene Matters
Several oral health conditions are linked to poor oral care, conditions like cavities, root infections, and periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can cost you your smile and even contribute to body health problems like heart issues, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease—meaning a healthy mouth adds to a healthy body!
Contact Our Dental Office to Schedule Your Next Checkup
At your next exam, your dentist or a team member can provide excellent brushing and flossing tips that address your specific oral health concerns. We invite you to schedule your next checkup today.