There are several important steps to take in order to maintain good oral hygiene. Your daily routine should consist of brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Make sure you use a soft bristled tooth brush and a toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). If you can brush after every meal, it will be even more effective at removing food particles from your teeth.
Flossing is also an important part of your daily oral hygiene regimen. It removes plaque and food debris between your teeth that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. Wrap the floss between your two middle fingers and hold it between your thumbs and index fingers. Gently guide the floss in between your teeth and down to your gum line, moving the floss in an up-and-down motion.
While these daily oral hygiene practices are important to maintaining optimum levels of oral health, you should also visit our dental office twice a year for your regular dental checkups. This will give Scottsdale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox a chance to evaluate your teeth for signs of decay and make sure you are not developing the early stages of gum disease. Professional teeth cleanings at our office will help remove plaque and tartar that has been resistant to brushing and flossing so that you can maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your dental checkup. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.