Dental hygiene is the first line of defense against oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth infection. Your oral hygiene routine should consist of daily at-home care which is the best protection for your teeth, and regular visits to a dentist’s office for professional care. Properly done, this combination will keep your teeth healthy and beautiful—and save you a lot of money.
The Proper Home Care
The most important part of your oral hygiene routine is what you do at home. To help guard against your teeth and gums, you should adopt a daily routine complete with:
- Brushing your teeth – At least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, taking care to be gentle on your teeth and gums.
- Rinse—after every meal or snack containing acidic or sugary foods, rinse your mouth with water. Additional rinses may be recommended if you are battling gum disease.
- Flossing – In between every tooth in your mouth, even dental restorations such as crowns, at least once a day
Tarrytown dentists Dr. Wanda Mejia and Dr. George Sepiashvili as well as the helpful staff at our office would be happy to discuss the best ways to brush and floss during your regularly scheduled dental visits.
Professional Dental Hygiene Services
Your at-home routine should be consistent, but must be complemented by visits to our office for optimal oral health. These visits should take place every six months and will include a professional cleaning along with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums.
The examination performed by Dr. Wanda or Dr. George is essential for detecting small problems before they become serious issues. When caught early on, even serious problems like gum disease can easily be treated, helping keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Our professional general dentistry services may include routine cleanings and examinations. They may also include treatments such as:
The services you require will be based on your unique needs and customized to help preserve your natural teeth and keep your smile strong and healthy.
Oral Health and Systemic Health
Your dental hygiene routine is necessary for healthy teeth and gums, but may also play a role in the health of your entire body. Many studies have found a link between oral health issues and heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems, pregnancy complications, and diabetes complications. This makes maintaining a proper at-home routine and visiting our office for biannual examinations an important part of your overall healthcare.
If you live in or around Tarrytown, New York and would like to learn more about proper dental hygiene, please call (914) 332-4402 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule an appointment.