How Can I Protect My Oral Health?
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. For example:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid tobacco use.
Also, contact Richards Frankel Dentistry as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Oral Hygiene maintenance at the dentist is an integral part of a patient’s oral health. Your dental cleaning appointment will typically include:
Removal of Plaque – When you eat, naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth produce acids that form plaque. This filmy substance coats the surfaces of your teeth, eventually dissolving the outer layer called enamel. Regular cleanings at home and at the dentist can keep plaque from permanently damaging your teeth.
Tartar Removal – Also known as calculus, tartar is hardened plaque that is firmly attached to the tooth. This substance is above and below the gumline, and can only be removed during a trip to the dentist.
Teeth Cleaning & Polishing – While a teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth, polishing makes the surfaces of your teeth smooth. This technique removes the stains from substances like coffee, tea, and wine that build up over time.
Fluoride Treatment – Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride will help remineralize teeth that have been affected by decay, stopping cavities from forming.
Home Dental Care Guidance – Good dental health needs to take place at home as well as at Richards Frankel Dentistry. Our staff will guide you through each step regarding how best to take care of your teeth and gums based on your special needs. Basic tips include how to effectively and efficiently brush and floss your teeth using complimentary supplies sent home with you after your appointment. See below for some general guidelines for home care.
Oral hygiene maintenance at home is just as important as visiting the dentist for your professional cleaning. At home, you should brush and floss twice daily. Brushing one’s teeth should take, on average, two minutes. Brushing is done by making small circular movements along the teeth, gently engaging the gumline. Never press hard on the teeth or gums when brushing. Richards Frankel Dentistry will happily teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques.
What you eat also impacts the health of your teeth. Sugary, and acidic foods and beverages should be avoided, and kept to a minimum. It is also important to rinse your mouth with water, and/or brush after eating.