How is Your Oral Hygiene?
Find out if your everyday habits are actually helping or hurting your smile.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy shouldn’t be difficult, and yet almost everyone will deal with decay during their lifetime. Furthermore, approximately half of American adults are dealing with some degree of gum disease (and may not even know it), says the CDC. So, are your everyday habits and lifestyle helping your oral health thrive or could they be increasing your chances for cavities, gum disease, or injury? Our Raleigh, NC, dentist Dr. Ashley Lloyd is here to offer up the best tips for maintaining good oral hygiene:
Brush Twice a Day
This is one of the most important rules to follow. If you want to remove plaque and food from teeth then you need to brush your teeth and you need to do it twice a day: in the morning when you first get up and then again at night before bedtime. Brushing once a day won’t be enough to get rid of plaque buildup, which is the culprit for decay. Also, make sure that you are brushing for at least a good 2 minutes each time (set a timer if your toothbrush doesn’t have a built-in timer).
Floss Once a Day
Even if you brush your teeth twice a day your routine would be sorely lacking if you don’t take time to floss. All it takes is once a day to make it count and it’s truly the only way to make sure you remove food and plaque from between teeth, where a toothbrush won’t be able to really clean effectively.
Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush Head
No toothbrush is meant to last forever, so if you’ve been holding onto it until the bristles look worn and frayed then it’s time to say goodbye and get a replacement. A toothbrush head only lasts roughly 3-4 months, after which you should replace it. Not sure if it’s time to part ways? One look at the wear and tear of the bristles will tell you everything you need to know.
Get Regular Dental Checkups
Even with proper at-home oral care in place, you will still need to see a dentist in Raleigh, NC, every six months for checkups and cleanings. These cleanings are necessary not just for keeping teeth and gums clean but also to detect problems early on when they are much easier to handle and will cause less long-term damage to your smile.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental appointment with your dentist in Raleigh, NC, then don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We would be happy to work with your busy schedule to find a time that’s right for you. Make your smile a priority and it will always look and feel its best.