Brushing your teeth every day is probably just as ingrained in your head as washing your hair or clipping your toenails. Unfortunately, there are a few more steps than simply brushing your teeth required for a strong oral care routine. Does your daily routine stand up to the test? Find out with Dr. Sathvik Begur Seshadri and Dr. Shikha Chopra at Westport Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Westport, MA.
What is a good daily oral hygiene routine?
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once. However, it is important that you perform these daily tasks correctly to ensure the best results. Brush with a soft toothbrush using gentle back-and-forth motions for at least two minutes, focusing on brushing all areas of the tooth, including the back side of your last molars. Gently brush the oral tissues and tongue as well. While flossing, make sure you floss between every tooth, including the back side of your last molar, bringing the floss all the way up the tooth to reach under the gums. This ensures that plaque buildup does not occur underneath the gum tissue and helps fight against gum disease.
How can I care for my teeth long-term?
Though a strong daily dental routine is a powerful tool in the fight against teeth decay and gum disease, seeing your dentist regularly is the best way to avoid these complications. A routine dental examination every six months allows your dentist to find and treat dental issues like decay early, while they can still use less invasive techniques to solve the problem. Additionally, regular cleanings which occur at these visits give your mouth a clean slate, ensuring that any decay-causing plaque and tartar buildups are removed.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Westport, MA
For more information on good oral hygiene habits or to schedule your biannual dental examination and cleaning, please contact Dr. Sathvik Begur Seshadri and Dr. Shikha Chopra at Westport Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Westport, MA. Call (508) 675-0561 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!