How Can I Have the Best Oral Health?

woman smiles in dentist chair after getting tmj treatmentEven if you don’t have complex dental concerns and have excellent oral hygiene, it’s still important to visit your dentist every six months and stay vigilant about your mouth’s health. This allows your dentist to check on your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth to spot any problems early on and preserve your oral and overall health.

Visiting the dentist twice a year isn’t enough to keep your mouth healthy, although regular dental visits are important. Your home dental care routine is the single most important part of your oral health. Dr. Melanie Andrews, a Destrahan LA dentist, encourages patients of all ages to maintain regular dental visits and excellent at-home oral hygiene.

The Best At-Home Regimen For Healthy Teeth Includes:

Brush your teeth twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved toothpaste and toothbrush. Make sure both the toothpaste and toothbrush are ADA approved so you don’t do any damage to your teeth. Brushing your teeth prevents buildup of oral bacteria and hardening of plaque.

Floss every day

Flossing allows you to remove plaque from between teeth and beneath the gum line. This actually disrupts bacterial colonies, preventing them from building up and damaging the teeth.

Rinse After Eating

Rinsing is also an important part of oral health. Rinsing your mouth with water between meals can help protect your teeth against build-ups. Adding a mouthwash to your daily routine will help protect against gum disease by killing bacteria and reducing gingivitis.

When should I begin to visit a dentist?

Most dentists, including Dr. Andrews, recommend children visit the dentist starting with their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first. This acclimates them to the dentist’s office with an age-appropriate cleaning. We’ll give you tips to care for your child’s developing teeth and help them feel comfortable with dental care.

Visiting the dentist with your child allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to demonstrate healthy habits. Children who visit the dentist with a parent who is also coming for dental care helps reduce anxiety and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Andrews offers comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. Contact our Destrahan, LA dental office online or by phone at (985) 231-2770 today to schedule an appointment.