October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an effort to promote dental hygiene and to highlight the important work that dental hygienists perform in helping prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious oral health issues.

Our dental hygienists, Pat, Kellie, Donna, and Sarah, work to improve the patient experience through personal and thoughtful attention paid to every man, woman, and child, with whom they interact. This month, we honor the important work our hygienists do and encourage you to take steps at home that can help make their efforts at protecting your smile even more effective.

The hygienists at our Glendale dentistry office can clean your teeth when you come in for routine visits, but these cleanings will only do so much. To help ensure optimal oral health throughout the year, you need to step up your at-home routine as well. This should include:

  • Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after every meal. Twice a day is barely adequate. If you want to keep your teeth free of stains and decay, brushing three to five times daily is optimal. If you use a manual toothbrush, brush for at least two minutes. One minute of brushing after every meal if your toothbrush is electric
  • Floss morning and night. Flossing removes debris and bacteria from in between teeth and is essential in the prevention of gum disease

These two simple steps will not only help keep your teeth bright and healthy, they will improve your experience when you come in for biannual cleanings and examinations, shortening the duration of these appointments and reducing the need to come back for restorative services like filings, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns.

Our dental hygienists can provide you with personalized suggestions for toothpaste, type of toothbrush, and flossing techniques during your routine visits to our office. If you need additional assistance with implementing an at-home plan, we will make every effort to provide you with the support you need to maintain the healthiest and most attractive smile. If you have questions, please ask. We are here to help you look and feel your absolute best and will work directly with you to help that happen.

Biannual visits to our Glendale office serve two very important purposes: they allow one of our hygienists to thoroughly clean your teeth and they allow Dr. Wilcox to detect minor oral health problems before they get out of hand. When caught early on, most dental issues can be resolved with only minimal intervention. When treatment is delayed, however, discomfort, functional limitations, and more pronounced issues are bound to follow.

We recommend you visit our office for general services every six months, but encourage you to contact us in between for cosmetic concerns or in the case of sudden discomfort. Dr. Wilcox and our team are here to help you keep your smile bright and strong year-round, and welcome an opportunity to serve your needs whenever they arise.

To schedule an appointment at Desert Smiles, please call 602-978-1790 today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, and all nearby areas of Arizona.

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