Good Oral Care
Our Milwaukie dentist Corinne Anderson DMD is great with patients and loves teaching people about oral hygiene. Good oral care begins with brushing your teeth at least three times a day, and flossing once. Adding mouthwash to your routine can also help fight bacteria and germs that can grow into plaque on your teeth.
It is important to start good oral hygiene routines early. Kids especially tend to have cavities from sugary foods and drinks that they consume and should be taught how to properly brush their teeth and floss to prevent cavities. If children have good oral hygiene routines when they are young, then they will continue with the same routine for the rest of their lives, and always have strong, beautiful teeth.
The Importance of Routine Check-Ups
Another aspect of good dental health is to go to see your dentist on a regular basis for routine check-ups. During a routine visit, your dentist examines your teeth and gums to determine if you have any cavities or other oral problems. Your dental hygienist will also clean your teeth and get rid of all of the plaque that is residing in your mouth. If plaque is left on your teeth, then it can cause cavities or gingivitis. It is important to see your dentist every six months in order to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
One question that patients always have for the dentist is how to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste.
First, always choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Medium and hard bristles can scrape the enamel off of your teeth. Once your enamel is gone, you can never regain it and your teeth will become weak. Soft bristled toothbrushes keep your mouth clean and will effectively remove the plaque and germs from the surface of your teeth.
Your toothpaste should have anti-cavity fighting ingredients in it. Today, toothpastes will say right on the label if they can protect you from cavities. You should also find a toothpaste that fights gingivitis in order to keep your gums healthy. Call our office today to set up an appointment with Corinne Anderson DMD our Milwaukie dentist for a routine cleaning of your teeth.