Keeping Up with Oral Health between Cleanings
While you only need to visit our dental office in Eagle River twice a year, you need to think about the health of your teeth all year long!
We know – you’re busy and you have lots of other things on your plate to keep up with! We completely understand.
The good news is that by creating healthy habits, you won’t have to think about your oral health routine at all. It will become as natural as eating and sleeping!
Your Oral Health
Dental cleanings are great. Our hygienist does an awesome job at clearing away built-up plaque and tartar so you can leave our office with smooth, clean teeth. While these twice-yearly opportunities to start over are necessary for excellent dental health, what you do in between is just as important.
If you neglect to brush and floss between appointments, plaque and tartar are able to build up both on your teeth and below the gumline. When plaque builds up on teeth, the result is decay. When plaque builds up beneath the gum line, the result is gum disease. Both of these conditions will require treatment at your next visit. We’d prefer that your teeth and gums stay healthy! As much as we like our patients, ideally we’d only see you twice a year!
Keeping up with your home care habits is simple:
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a toothbrush with soft (not firm) bristles and fluoridated toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, and be sure to angle the head of the brush slightly to massage the gums and break up the plaque at the gumline.
- Floss your teeth once a day. This is often best done before you brush your teeth in the evening. Use enough floss that you can use a fresh area on the floss every time you change teeth. Our hygienist is happy to show you good flossing technique so you can get the most benefit out of this important habit!
Do you have trouble remembering when to brush? Not sure if you’ve brushed for quite long enough yet?
Plenty of brushing and flossing apps are available for your smartphone – and they are available in both kid- and adult-friendly versions! You can also look for apps designed to help you build healthier habits. These can take the guesswork out of your routine and help you enjoy better overall health.
Dental Office Eagle River AK
Are you due for a check-up at Midnight Sun Dental Center? Call us today at (907) 622-3000 and we’ll find an appointment that works for you!