Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

 

daily dental equipmentWhat is Dental Hygiene?

Dental Hygiene is the act of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease by regular brushing and flossing.

 

Do I HAVE to floss?

Yes! The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily with an interdental cleaner (like floss). Cleaning between your teeth may help prevent cavities and gum disease. Cleaning between your teeth helps remove a sticky film called plaque.

 

What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

According to the American Dental Association, either manual or powered toothbrushes can be used effectively and should be replaced with a new one every 3-4 months. They also recommend brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Toothpastes containing fluoride help prevent cavities, help strengthen weak spots, and help prevent tooth decay.

 

Why do I need to visit the dentist?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional dental cleaning should take place at least twice a year.  Patients find that this routine helps to reinforce good dental care at home, as well as gives us an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.

 

Routine dental cleaning is an important preventative measure for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Dental cleaning also plays a role in warding off a myriad of health conditions related to poor dental health.  Regular dental cleanings can also save you money by costing thousands of dollars less than dental problems that may arise from poor dental care.

If you are due (or overdue) for a dental cleaning, we’d love to see you in our office.  Contact us today to schedule a dental cleaning.

 

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