Visiting your dentist every six months is important for maintaining your oral health, however your team at East Islip Dental Care knows that optimum oral health begins at home, and you’re our best partner! For this reason, we like to take the time to educate our patients about their oral health. Here are some tips from your Patchogue dentist for improving your dental routine.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Committing to regular brushing and flossing is the best way to ensure that you maintain your oral health. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and many patients even choose to add a third brush after lunch as well. Flossing should be done at least once a day in order to remove plaque from in between your teeth and strengthen your gum tissue. As a bonus, flossing also promotes fresh breath!
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
How you brush your teeth is just as important as how often, and an electric toothbrush takes the guesswork out of proper brushing technique because it literally does the hard work for you. It even has a timer to ensure that you’re brushing for two minutes. Our hygienists report that patients who use an electric toothbrush have less plaque buildup in between visits.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Did you know that eating fruits and veggies is not only good for your body; it’s also great for your oral health? This is because they actually neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause cavities. They also increase saliva flow to help wash away excess food debris. Next time you need a snack be sure to reach for your fruits and vegetables!
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
You routine dental cleanings and checkups are truly your first line of defense against serious oral issues such as periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay. We screen for these concerns at every checkup, and they can be most successfully treated when detected in their earliest stages.
At East Islip Dental Care, we’re well equipped to help you effectively manage and treat any dental condition you may be facing. We’ll work together with you to help you achieve and maintain a healthy beautiful smile for a lifetime.
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