A strict regimen of proper home care that includes brushing your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time and flossing at least once but preferably after every meal, together with having your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist every six months is the best way to prevent serious disease and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
Your permanent teeth are meant to last but there’s always the chance of damage due to injury. Your dentist can offer a custom-made mouthguard for protection from this kind of trauma. Anyone in your family who participates in a contact sport of any kind should be protected. Some school systems have made a mouthguard a mandatory part of team uniforms.
No one is exempt, age is not a factor when it comes to dental care. As soon as the first tooth erupts care should begin and it should continue throughout your lifetime. It’s even important for denture wearers or people who have had dental implants to continue having regularly scheduled exams and cleanings.
The goal of home care is to remove the bacterial plaque that causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. It must, however, be followed up with professional in-office cleanings. No matter how conscientious you are some of that plaque can be left behind to harden into tartar which can only be removed by a hygienist’s tools.
Is it time for your six-month dental checkup and cleaning? Call Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS today @ 703-997-1313 in Leesburg, VA.