Your daily oral hygiene routine is the very first line of defense against oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. To aid in this effort, the American Dental Association offers some special recommendations. This starts with brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
It’s also worth noting that some oral hygiene products are only formulated for cosmetic use and they offer little value to an effective oral hygiene routine. It’s important to always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal is used to identify products that have passed rigorous testing and research. Only products that have met stringent guidelines will receive approval to print the ADA logo on their packaging.
When brushing, be sure to apply a quality toothpaste with micro-abrasives and added fluoride to your soft-bristled toothbrush. You should then brush one tooth at a time, taking around two to three minutes to clean all your teeth.
When flossing, be sure to work the floss between two teeth and then curve it in a “U” shape to maximize the cleaning surface. Be sure to also floss into the gumline and behind your rear molars.
Your twice-annual dental exam at A. Agustin Vega is also of critical importance. During the appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and your mouth will be examined for signs of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. If Dr. A. Agustin Vega detects a problem, he will present you with applicable treatment options.
If you live in the Olympia, Washington, area and you have concerns about your oral hygiene routine, you should call 360-943-5551 to schedule a dental exam with Dr. A. Agustin Vega.