A healthy smile is only possible with proper dental hygiene every day. Greensboro dentist, David M. Fisher, Jr., DDS, and his dentistry team get to help you with your oral hygiene during biannual dental exams and teeth cleanings, but the other 363 days of the year, your oral health is in your hands. We are passionate about educating patients to help them achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of oral health and hygiene inside our office and in your home every day. If you have questions or you need to schedule an appointment, call our Greensboro dentist and team! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Many patients ask us if they have to receive a professional teeth cleaning if they do a good job brushing and flossing their teeth at home. The answer is yes. Even those patients who are very diligent in sticking to their oral health care routines may not remove every bit of plaque buildup. In fact, teeth have crevices and grooves that are too small for even a single toothbrush bristle to access. These areas need to be cleaned professionally. Plaque, the sticky byproduct of oral bacteria, clings to teeth following meals. When the plaque isn’t removed within 12 hours, it can begin to harden into tartar sometimes called calculus. Patients are not able to remove tartar at home, so professional teeth cleanings are necessary to remove any calculus. Finally, these professional cleanings also give our team members the opportunity to examine your smiles for signs of developing oral health concerns and partner with you to prevent these issues.
When it comes to caring for your smile at-home, you need to brush for two minutes at a time at least twice a day and floss daily. If you do this, you will significantly reduce your risk for oral health concerns. Here are some additional tips to help you improve the efficacy of your daily hygiene:
For the most part, choosing oral hygiene products comes down to personal preference. You can’t go wrong with products that have the American Dental Association seal of approval. In addition, please consider the following:
Along with daily brushing, flossing and visiting our office twice a year, there are a number of other steps you can take to avoid oral health concerns. Please consider them below: