In our Lawrenceville, Georgia clinic, we always make sure our patients maintain good dental hygiene. It is a basic requirement for your oral health. It’s your first line of defense against cavities, tooth loss, gum disease, and jaw bone deterioration.
Proper Dental Hygiene at Home
Hopefully, by now you know the value of brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. You have to brush your teeth at least twice a day in order to get rid of the plaque around and inside your teeth that becomes the breeding ground for bacteria which in turn causes tooth decay. Plaque builds up after 8 to 12 hours, so you need to remove it regularly.
At Optima Dental, we teach our patients how to brush their teeth correctly and we also show them flossing techniques. We recommend the right types of toothbrush and the right brands of toothpaste to ensure that you maintain your oral health properly at home.
You’d do well to make sure you replace your toothbrush every three months so that you don’t end up using a brush with frayed bristles filled with bacteria. And you also need to change your toothbrush after an illness as well.
The Necessity of Checkups
Every time you visit our clinic, we carefully look over every single tooth in your mouth to see its current condition. We check for cavities and imperfections, and we offer several possible solutions to correct each possible problem.
These solutions can include putting in fillings for your cavities. Stained teeth can be whitened to improve your smile. Veneers can be added to cover up imperfections such as serious stains and chipped teeth. We can also place crowns to protect the teeth, install braces to straighten them, or recommend replacements for missing teeth.
We also carefully check the gums for any signs of disease. We can even perform x-rays to make sure your jawbones are healthy.
The underlying principle behind dental hygiene is to prevent dental problems from occurring. By keeping your teeth clean, you slow down the rate of decay in your teeth so you can keep your teeth for as long as possible. Problems can be prevented, and even if they do occur, the symptoms won’t be as severe when you have good dental care habits.
Supplemental Professional Tooth Cleaning
At Optima Dental, we also offer professional tooth cleaning to get rid of tartar when the plaque buildup has hardened into a yellowish substance that mere brushing cannot remove. This procedure is very thorough, and we make sure it is painless as well.
Professional tooth cleaning is an integral part of dental hygiene. It is simply not enough to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You also need a dentist to get rid of tartar that cannot otherwise be removed by any device you can use at home.
If you want to keep your teeth healthy, call us at (770) 962-4322 for an appointment. We will include a professional tooth cleaning procedure as part of your first visit, and also make sure that you know how to brush and floss your teeth properly. At Optima Dental, your oral health is our number one priority.