If you’re like most people, you do at least the bare minimum to keep your teeth and gums healthy. That often means brushing your teeth when they feel dirty in the morning and flossing between them once in a while. But the truth is, healthy, long-lasting smiles require a bit more than that. This summer, your dentist in Medford invites you to re-examine your oral hygiene habits — and consider adding these 3 habits to the mix.
#1: Flossing Teeth Daily
Dental floss has to be one of the most frequently-skipped habits for adults. But if you aren’t cleaning BETWEEN your teeth, too, you are leaving your smile at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Dental floss is a crucial piece of the oral hygiene triad, as it reaches the bacteria and food particles your toothbrush just can’t — no matter how well you brush.
Patients of all ages should floss their teeth at least once a day. To get in the habit, leave the pack of dental floss somewhere you are sure to see it before you go to bed, like right beside the faucet or on your bedside table.
#2: Brushing Before Bed, Too
Speaking of bedtime, don’t forget to brush your teeth before your head hits the pillow after a long day. Many people only brush in the morning, but skipping the p.m. session allows bacteria to go wild in your mouth at increase your risk of a host of oral health issues. Because there is less saliva flow while you sleep, your mouth isn’t able to defend itself against the harmful bacteria. Leave yourself a note on your mirror to remind yourself to brush before you go to bed!
#3: Visiting the Dentist Every Six Months
There is a reason dentists recommend six month checkups and cleanings, and it’s not just because they love seeing their patients smile. A twice-annual visit is what is required for adequate protection against cavities, gum disease, broken dental work, and more. During this appointment, your dentist will perform a tooth-by-tooth examination and look at X-rays. Your dental hygienist will also remove plaque and tartar buildup to leave your smile with that smooth, clean feeling. This is a great way to care for your smile — and if you have dental insurance, it is FREE to get a checkup and cleaning.
The Oral Hygiene Triad
Brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist are like a dental hygiene triad — 3 habits that will help you to enjoy a complete, happy smile for a lifetime. Add these to your routine and feel good knowing you are doing what you should to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino is a general dentist offering superior dental care from the comfort of the Giamberardino Dental Care office. To learn more about the importance of preventive dentistry and proper oral hygiene habits or to schedule an appointment with his team, to ahead and contact their office at 781-396-3800.