WHY ARE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS IMPORTANT?
Regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months.What happens at your visit?
There are 2 parts to a regular dental visit. One part is the check-up. The other is the cleaning.
Healthy teeth and gums
Your dental professional will check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases.
Plaque and tarter build up
Next, your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.
The check-up should also include your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. This is to look for any signs of trouble, swelling, or cancer.
Brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth, but you can't remove tartar at home. During the cleaning, your dental professional will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling.
Scaling removes plaque and tarter
After your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth.
The final step is flossing. Your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.What you should do between visits
Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for good oral care at home.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use a mouth rinse to help get rid of plaque bacteria. This will also help to freshen breath.
- Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- There are two parts to a regular dental visit:
- The check-up
- The cleaning
- During the check-up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas.
- During the cleaning, your dental professional will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.
- You should have a regular dental visit at least twice a year.
HOW DO I BRUSH AND FLOSS?
The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush and floss twice a day.
This helps remove the sticky film called plaque that collects on teeth and gums. Plaque makes acids and toxins that can damage your teeth and gums.
Using a mouthwash can also help fight plaque. If you're not sure what kind to use, ask your dental team.Here are some ways to get the most out of your brushing routine:
- Brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to your back teeth, which may have more plaque on them.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Brush with gentle strokes so you don't wear away your gums or teeth.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months.Bristles that are worn remove less plaque.
- Brush your tongue to help freshen your breath. Brush from back to front using a gentle sweeping motion.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. Brush 2 or 3 teeth at a time. Move the toothbrush from the gums toward the edge of the teeth.
Hold the toothbrush vertically to clean behind your upper and lower front teeth. Use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of your toothbrush.
Flossing helps keep teeth and gums healthy.
Flossing every day removes plaque along the gumline and between teeth.To floss correctly, follow these steps:
- Wind floss around your middle fingers.
- Use your thumbs and index fingers to guide floss between teeth.
- Wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth, making a "C" shape. This will help ensure that you get between gums and teeth.
- Check your gums in the mirror while you floss.Your gums should be firm and pink. If they are red, swollen or bleeding, see your dental team.
- Don't stop flossing if your gums bleed.Flossing can improve the health of your gums and help them stop bleeding.
Most electric chargeable toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Some also have built-in features that help protect teeth and gums.To use a electric chargeable toothbrush:
- Guide the brush head from tooth to tooth.Simply move the brush head against each tooth for a few seconds and let the mechanical movement of the brush provide the cleaning action.
- Gently direct the brush head along the gumline.Follow the natural curve of your mouth.
- Sweep the brush head along your tongue to freshen your breath.
- The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth twice a day.
- Using mouthwash can also help fight plaque and freshen your breath.
- Hold your manual toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline.
- When flossing, form a "C" shape around each tooth.
- For a healthier mouth, consider using a electric chargeable toothbrush. Most electric chargeable toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes.