How you care for your smile day in and day out says a lot about your oral health.
No one wants to find out that they have cavities, gum disease or other problems and yet you wouldn’t believe how many people deal with these issues on a regular basis. These issues may be commonplace but with a strong oral hygiene routine, many of these problems can be prevented. Our Grants Pass, OR, dentists Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson or Dr. Rachel Erickson offer up some useful insight into your at-home routine and how it impacts your oral health.
Why should I brush my teeth often?
This might seem like a silly question; however, you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t brush as regularly as they should be. Just how often should you be brushing? Well, at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and in the evening before bedtime. Brushing is a necessary component to any oral care routine because it removes food and plaque from the surface of your teeth. By removing plaque and food particles regularly you prevent buildup, which in turn reduces your chances of decay.
Is flossing that important if I brush as often as I should?
While you might think that you can get away with just brushing your teeth and be done with your at-home care you certainly need to be flossing each and every day if you want to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best. Flossing is a crucial part of oral care because your toothbrush can’t thoroughly clean in spaces between teeth. If you don’t floss plaque will quickly harden into tartar, which can lead to decay and gum disease. Floss every day, preferably at night before brushing your teeth.
How often should I visit the dentist?
No matter how well you care for your teeth at home it’s still important that you visit our Grants Pass, OR, general dentist twice a year for exams, cleanings and even x-rays when needed. Even if you brush and floss like you should you still need to come in for routine visits. Not only will we remove plaque and tartar buildup that you may miss with at-home cleaning, but we will also determine if there are certain dental treatments that could improve the function or appearance of your smile. We may also perform oral cancer screenings when you come in.
Whether you have questions about how to properly care for your smile from the comfort of your own home or you just need to schedule your next routine visit, turn to the experts at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR, to get the care you need.