Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the teeth and mouth clean to prevent dental issues. An effective dental care routine is essential to prevent periodontal disease and cavities. Dr. Rick Larson is one of the finest dentists in Coppell, TX. He offers a full range of dental services to people in the Coppell, TX area. Here are six habits to keep if you want to keep your smile healthy.

1. Daily Brushing

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental hygiene routine. For a healthy smile, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. The shape and size of your toothbrush should allow you to reach all areas easily. Be sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpastes.

2. Daily Flossing

Flossing and brushing go hand in hand. By flossing daily, you help to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth in areas where a brush can't reach. Flossing can be done with water flossers, dental floss, pre-threaded flossers, wooden plaque removers, or tiny brushes. 

3. Rinse Your Mouth

While not a replacement for daily flossing and brushing, use of mouthwashes may be a helpful addition to the daily oral hygiene routine for some people. Mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay, reduce plaque, prevent gum disease, and freshen your breath. Mouthwash can also reduce the speed that tartar forms on your teeth.

4. Visit The Dentist

If regular dental visits to your Coppell dentist hasn't been one of your top priorities for the last few years, they should be. Regular visits are important because they can help find issues early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. Regular visits also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. 

5. Get a Teeth Cleaning

Your teeth are covered with a soft, sticky film called plaque that can contribute to periodontal disease and decay. When plaque builds up it becomes difficult to remove, hardening and turning into tartar. The only way to remove tartar is to see a professional for a dental cleaning. Most dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.

Going to the dentist is important at any age. To keep your oral health on track, call our office at 972-304-0489 today to schedule a dental appointment in Coppell, TX. Regular visits to a dentist will get you on the road to good oral health. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

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