Great dental hygiene is not only necessary for a brilliant, healthy smile, it can also save you money, trips to the dentist between check-ups, and pain during your dental visits. By understanding how taking care of your teeth can prevent additional dental treatments and the costs associated with them, you can take the appropriate steps to make sure your dental hygiene is at the top of your priority list. In preparation for National Dental Hygiene Month in September, Dr. Bell has provided important information on how to maintain your dental health.
Keep Money in Your Wallet with a Great Dental Routine
A great dental routine can extend your oral health and save you from gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental conditions down the line. If you are unsure where to begin, Dr. Bell can help you establish a solid and effective dental routine to help you create healthy habits for life. Consider the following tips for dental health:
Brushing technique: Most people are aware that brushing your teeth is an important component of your overall dental hygiene routine. We (hopefully) do it so often that it becomes second nature. However, excellent dental hygiene calls for the correct brushing technique, as opposed to the poor brushing habits we may sometimes slip into over time. For teeth as clean as they can be, brush for two minutes, position the brush correctly, and be gentle. Doing so can prevent tooth decay and cavities, which require trips to the dentist.
Flossing daily: Flossing helps release leftover food particles between teeth and below the gum line. Getting rid of this debris helps keep your gums healthy and free from harmful bacteria-laden plaque. Keep in mind that if plaque is not effectively removed, it can harden into a substance known as tartar that can only be removed professionally by a dentist. If tarter is allowed to remain, it can lead to periodontal disease, requiring additional treatment.
Regular check-ups: Attending your dental appointments to receive regular preventative dental care can reduce the need for restorative treatments, such as fillings for cavities and root canal therapy in severe cases of decay. For most patients, once every six months is enough to encourage excellent dental health, but some patients may need to attend dental exams more frequently, depending on their unique needs.
Dental Health in York
Excellent dental health is achievable at The Center for Dental Excellence. York dentist Dr. Bell is ready to help you establish and maintain your oral health, saving you time and money in the process. Contact our office today for a consultation.