Good dental hygiene practices

Taking care of your mouth is important to your well-being. Your Colorado Springs dentist wants to see you twice a year for a cleaning to keep your teeth looking their best. By doing your part the rest of the year, you can keep your teeth for your lifetime.

At-Home Dental Hygiene

Brushing twice a day and flossing every day will help keep your teeth healthy. This removes the plaque, that sticky film that gets on your teeth, preventing it from turning into tartar. Brushing and flossing help prevent cavities and gum disease. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months or after you’ve had a cold. Good dental hygiene is self-care.

You should also pay attention to what you eat and drink. After you eat sugary foods or drink sweet beverages, brush your teeth. Even better, avoid too much sugar through the day. Drink water. Eat healthy snacks that won’t stick to your teeth. Reduce your risk of problems in your mouth. Stop smoking and using tobacco. Set a good example to your children, because they will learn good (or bad) habits from you.

Dental Hygiene at the Dentist’s Office

In addition to taking care of your teeth at home, you should make an appointment with your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and preventative care. Your dentist can discuss your specific dental needs based on the state of your mouth. These exams aren’t just for cleaning. Your dentist performs cancer screenings, looking for early signs of diseases that can be treated before they get worse. If you are at risk of cavities, the dentist may recommend fluoride treatments, to protect your teeth’s enamel.

During your regular exam, you can discuss other treatments with your dentist, depending on your needs. If your teeth are discolored, your dentist may recommend teeth whitening. If your gums are receding, your dentist might recommend gum reshaping. Maybe you should have gotten braces when you were younger, but it never happened. With Invisalign trays and braces, you can have your teeth realigned to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Make an Appointment to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

HollowBrook Dental, a Colorado Springs dentist office, wants to help you take care of your oral health. New patients accepted. We have several sedation options available if you’re anxious about dental treatment. Talk to us about your oral health goals. We want to help you achieve a gorgeous, healthy smile so you look and feel your best.
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