Making a few changes to your usual oral hygiene routine can offer big benefits for your smile. Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis share a few tips that will help you maintain good oral health.
Don't delay brushing
Brushing your teeth may be the last thing on your mind on a lazy Saturday morning. Unfortunately, if you don't brush your teeth promptly, plaque continues to build up, increasing your tooth decay risk. Plaque, a colorless, bacterial-laden film, constantly forms on your teeth but can be easily removed by brushing and flossing. Brushing first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed is the easiest way to decrease plaque accumulation in your mouth.
A lax brushing schedule may also lead to the formation of tartar. The brown or gray substance builds up on teeth when plaque isn't removed promptly. In addition to being unsightly, tartar can irritate your gums and cause gum disease. Tartar is very hard and can't be removed with a toothbrush.
Devote several minutes to oral hygiene daily
Although a quick swipe of the brush may make your mouth feel fresher, it probably won't get rid of every speck of plaque in your mouth. It takes at least two minutes of brushing to clean every surface of your teeth adequately. When you brush, don't forget to brush the inside of your mouth and your tongue too.
Don't forget about the areas between your teeth. Flossing once a day removes plaque from the tight spaces between teeth and only requires a minute or two of your time.
Regular dental visits help you maintain good oral hygiene
Dental cleanings offered during your checkups remove plaque from every nook and cranny and also get rid of tartar. During your visit, you may receive a few tips that will make brushing and flossing a little easier. Every regular visit also includes a thorough dental examination to detect cavities, gum disease or other dental issues. Visiting your Abington dentist every six months ensures that dental health problems are diagnosed and treated quickly.
Is it time for your next checkup? Call Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis at (215) 886-8866 to schedule an appointment.