It’s no secret that Dr. Barfield is the go-to guy for cosmetic dentistry solutions in Plano, TX. But we won’t be able to give you those amazing smile makeovers if you aren’t keeping up with your basic oral health needs. This includes scheduling preventive dentistry checkups every 3-6 months, and ongoing daily work at home. It’s a lot, but it is a small price to pay for health and happiness. That’s why, for today’s post, we wanted to explore what makes the best oral hygiene routine for most patients. Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next visit to 1st In Smiles!
Brush Your Morning Blues Away
Morning is not everyone’s favorite time of day. But brushing your teeth for at least two minutes is a great way to get going in a positive direction. Just don’t wait until after you’ve had your pancakes. We’re not kidding! Here’s the scoop: if you’ve been brushing your teeth after breakfast you could actually be doing more harm than good. That is because plaque acids from food actually soften the enamel, and something as gentle as brushing your teeth can scrape and damage it. As such, it is best to wait at least 30 minutes between eating and brushing whenever you can.
If you want to leave the house with a fresh-feeling mouth, we recommend rinsing with a fluoride-fortified mouthwash. Then, throughout the day, try to consume plenty of water, and be careful with what you put into your body (avoid those added sugars, etc.). These things can help keep your mouth safe.
Finish Your Evenings Strong
Once you have had time to unwind and enjoy your evening meal, and whatever comes after that, you should brush your teeth one last time. Then, always remember to floss. Flossing is so important to your oral health and continued well-being because it reaches those out of the way places your toothbrush won’t ever be able to get to. The spaces between your teeth are some of the most sensitive spots in your mouth, and if you don’t keep them clean, gum disease and tooth decay are going to turn up in those places where you can’t ever detect them until it is too late. That won’t be fun to clean up, we assure you!
Schedule Your Preventive Dentistry Checkups
Whatever you accomplish at home is going to go a long way. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are essential for preserving the health of your gorgeous grin. But these things must be done in conjunction with professional dental exams. That’s why we look forward to seeing you every 3-6 months for a thorough preventive dentistry checkup. These visits will allow us to keep up with your teeth and gums and help you remain on the good road. Every time you are here, we can give you a professional-strength teeth cleaning, screen you for oral health problems, offer suggestions for further prevention, and we can even talk about your other concerns, like orthodontic issues, for example. There’s so much that we can do for you, but you have to let us!
Let 1st In Smiles Keep You Smiling!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post to take the next step. All you have to do is contact us online today to arrange for your next preventive dentistry exam in Plano, TX. Dr. Barfield will take your smile wherever it needs to go!