Routine preventive services like dental exams and cleanings play an essential role in helping you to achieve problem-free oral health. However, these treatments, are more effective when you pay attention to your oral health habits.
For instance, it’s easy to get a little lax with your home hygiene routine. If you aren’t experiencing any problems, you may think that it’s okay to skip flossing once in a while. After all, nothing hurts, so you must be okay, right?
Steps for Protecting Your Oral Health
But some of the most serious oral health problems like decay and periodontal disease can quickly take their toll when you get lax with your oral hygiene routine. If you want to prevent these and keep your dental costs under control, here are some easy steps you can take:
- Brush twice a day and floss once to reduce the buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Plaque and bacteria that sit on your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Choose a good toothbrush and replace it every two to three months. Changing your toothbrush ensures that the bristles are firm and effective at eliminating plaque. That old, worn-out toothbrush really isn't doing much to clean your teeth, and it could be collecting bacteria, so change it often.
- Avoid using toothpicks or other harmful objects. If used to clean your teeth, they can inflame, irritate, or cut your gums, which may lead to infection or gum disease. Instead, try using an antiseptic mouthwash or a rubber-tipped oral stimulator to clean those places that brushing and flossing don't cover.
- Call us immediately to report any problems or unusual discomfort. Many dental problems that would not be apparent to you until the later stages can be identified and treated before they threaten your oral health.
If you haven't scheduled a six-month cleaning recently, please call your dentist in Birmingham, AL Dr. Aaron Cook. We look forward to working with you to enjoy the comfort and freedom of a healthy smile.