Oral hygiene is essential for the health and beauty of your smile. As the first defense against tooth discoloration, bad breath, cavities, and gum disease, taking time to properly care for your teeth every day is one of the easiest ways to prevent small cosmetic issues and large oral health problems alike.
However, while maintaining good oral hygiene requires daily diligence, it does not require very much time. In fact, once established, your daily oral hygiene routine may take less than five minutes morning and night.
Your Daily Routine
The first step in maintaining good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging tooth enamel. It is also a good idea to discuss which type of toothpaste is right for your smile with one of our award-winning Houston dentists.
Flossing should also be done at least once, but preferably twice a day. One of our hygienists would be happy to show you proper technique during your regularly scheduled general dentistry visits to our office.
In addition to brushing and flossing, making wise food and beverage choices, refraining from teeth grinding and biting hard substances, and taking care of your body by not smoking can all help you maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Regular Office Visits
Your daily routine lays the groundwork for peak oral health, but should never be seen as a replacement for regular visits to our Houston dental office for cleanings and examinations. These visits should take place every six months, enabling us to detect small oral health issues and provide swift treatment before they become serious problems.
Your biannual visits will include a professional teeth cleaning from one of our three licensed hygienists and a hands-on examination from Dr. Jean Morency . Some visits may include x-rays and other diagnostic treatments to help us better understand your dental needs and plan proper treatments.