Most people know they need to brush, and even some try to floss their teeth as often as they should, but most people do not realize the importance of these Oral Care procedures. Study after study has been conducted regarding oral health, and recent information has led to the discovery the health of a person’s smile is directly attributed to the health of their body, especially their heart. With proper dental hygiene and routine dental appointments, people can avoid cavities and gum disease, two of the biggest threats to their oral health.
Brushing needs to be carried out at least twice a day to be effective in fighting against decay. Ideally, it should be done after each meal. Though dentists often recommend this to their patients, few actually take the time to do so. As a compromise, it is best to at least brush after meals high in sugar.
Many people find flossing to be an annoying chore, but it is crucial for good oral hygiene. The spaces between the teeth are impossible to clean with brushing alone. These areas are prone to cavities and need to be cleaned at least once a day, so food acids do not begin to cause erosions and decay.
Though a person may practice good Oral Care at home, it is still crucial they see their dentist on a regular basis. Most dentists recommend patients are seen at least twice a year. At these preventative care appointments, dentists can ensure their patient’s teeth are properly cleaned and treated with fluoride. This goes a long way towards preventing cavities and gum disease.
After the teeth are cleaned, they are treated with fluoride, which protects the enamel and makes the tooth strong. The dentist then sends the patient for X-rays and carries out an exam. Studies have proven these together help to find oral health concerns when they are in their early stages and easy to treat.
To learn more about these services or to schedule a consultation appointment contact Plainview Oral And Maxillofacial Associates P.C. They will be happy to provide you with the dental care you need so you can keep a healthy and beautiful smile.