Oral hygiene is essential for preventing dental issues such as tooth decay, tooth infection, gum disease, and tooth loss. It is also important for reducing your risk for systemic issues including heart disease, respiratory problems, complications with diabetes and pregnancy, and even degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Oral hygiene begins at home with a consistent brushing and flossing routine. To maintain optimal oral health, you should brush after every meal and snack, and floss at least once daily. Be sure to discuss which type of toothbrush and toothpaste is best for your needs with Dr. Wilcox.

In addition to your at-home routine, you need to visit Dr. Wilcox at least every six months for dental checkups and cleanings. These visits give us an opportunity to thoroughly clean your teeth, and Dr. Wilcox will check for common oral health issues before they present serious problems. Taking time to visit us every six months can help keep your teeth and gums healthy, and also help you avoid complications that may occur when oral hygiene is neglected.

Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your next dental checkup. Dr. Wilcox serves patients in the Scottsdale, Arizona area.

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