It’s important to visit your dentist every six months and stay vigilant about your mouth health, even if you’re dedicated to regular oral hygiene at home. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to inspect your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth and spot any problems early on, preserving your oral and overall health.
But merely visiting the dentist twice a year alone is not enough to keep your mouth healthy. Your home dental hygiene routine is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your oral health. Family Spa & Dentistry of Pennington, NJ encourages patients of all ages to schedule regular dental visits and maintain excellent at-home oral hygiene.
The Best At-Home Regimen For Healthy Teeth Includes:
Brush your teeth twice a day
You should brush your teeth at least twice daily with an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved toothpaste and toothbrush. Make certain both the toothpaste and toothbrush you are using are ADA approved so you won’t do any damage to your teeth. Brushing your teeth regularly prevents buildup of oral bacteria and hardening of plaque.
Floss every day
Flossing between your teeth and below the gum line allows you to remove plaque before it can form tartar which can only be removed by a dental professional. This also prevents bacterial colonies getting out of control and damaging your tooth enamel with their digestive acids.
Rinse After Eating
Rinsing your mouth out is also an essential part of maintaining oral health. Rinsing your mouth with water between meals can prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. Adding a mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene regimen will help protect against gum disease by killing bacteria, reducing the risk of gingivitis.
When should I begin to visit Family Spa & Dentistry?
Most dentists, including your Family Spa & Dentistry dentist, recommend children first visit the dentist with the emergence of their first tooth or around their first birthday, whichever comes first. This helps acclimate your child to the dentist’s office with an age-appropriate cleaning. The dentist can also provide you with tips on how to care for your child’s developing teeth and help them feel more comfortable with dental care.
Visiting the dentist with your child allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to model healthy dental habits for their children. Children who visit the dentist with a parent who is also coming for dental care learn the importance of dental care and generally feel less anxiety about dental visits. This sets a solid foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
Schedule an Appointment
Family Spa & Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. Contact our Pennington, NJ dental office online or by phone at (609) 303-3058 today.