Maintaining good oral health is directly connected to maintaining the overall health of our bodies. Most adults in America maintain relatively good oral health, but there are over 100 million that do not have regular visits with a dentist, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). If you only come to the dentist when your in pain, or believe something to be wrong with your mouth or your teeth, you could miss the opportunity to help maintain and keep your teeth throughout your entire lifetime. The best way to help maintain good oral health is committing to regular self cleaning by brushing and flossing your teeth along with visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
A Guide to Oral Hygiene
The ADA recommends brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day to remove leftover remnants of food, drink, and plaque from your teeth. In addition, it is recommended to floss at least once a day to remove plaque from in between teeth. Flossing is actually even more important than brushing, because decay/cavities almost always start at the gum line between teeth.
Creating and maintaining good oral hygeine habits is a must for keeping your mouth healthy and to minimze the need for extensive dental work.
Regular Dental Checkups and Cleaning Visits
It is very important to not only visit a dentist on a regular basis but to find one whom your trust and build a relationship with him or her. Having dental work done could be a daunting process and during that time you need the peace of mind that comes from having a long standing relationship with your dentist and trust to believe they and their staff will take care of you and your smile.
The ADA recommends that you should visit your dentist at least once a year for checkups and you visit hygienist who works in your dentists office at least twice a year, or every 6 months, in order to have your teeth cleaned.
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