After a long day, you’re probably tired and ready to climb into bed so it may seem alright to skip your evening brushing and flossing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth if you want to protect your oral health. Your dentist in Cupertino shares some routines that should not be missed and why it’s important to stay consistent with these and other dental habits.
Flossing Your Teeth at Least Once Each Day
Flossing sometimes feels like an inconvenience; however, it doesn’t really take much extra time and it is a habit that is very important for maintaining your oral health. The reason it’s so critical is because it removes the food debris and plaque buildup that remains between your teeth. This is the stuff that your tooth brush just can’t reach.
It is important to remove plaque from in between your teeth because you can actually get cavities that will require a filling. Flossing your teeth also helps to eliminate bad breath.
Brushing Your Teeth Before You go to Bed
Brushing your teeth before you got to bed is sometimes one routine that gets overlooked because you may be tired or not feeling well. However, you should know that when you skip brushing before bedtime, you are giving the plaque that has built up on your teeth throughout the day additional time to cause damage by breaking down tooth enamel. Plaque eventually turns into tartar, which is difficult to remove by brushing alone.
Visiting Your Dentist Consistently
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup if you are not trying to manage periodontal (gum) disease. Additional cleanings throughout the year may be required for patients with gum disease to successfully manage their condition.
If you feel that it’s not important to visit the dentist unless your teeth are hurting or need repair, think again. Dentistry is all about prevention, and if you wait until your teeth hurt, it is too late and it is likely the damage has already occurred.
6 month cleanings and checkups also allow your dentist to detect other concerns such as gum disease, oral cancer, or cavities early on, which gives you the opportunity to utilize treatment procedures that are less invasive.
If it’s time for your next dental appointment, don’t put it off. Call your dentist in Cupertino today to schedule your next appointment.
About the Author
Alpine Dental Care combines the talents of three dentists in order to provide you with comprehensive and compassionate dental care. This means that we’re able to meet all of your needs here at our practice without referrals elsewhere for care.
If you would like to contact Alpine Dental Care, we can be reached by calling 408-996-8611 or through our website.