Our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office is known for creating a welcoming, spa-like atmosphere for our patients. And we are told that we make a great partner in oral health. Keeping your mouth and clean and your smile looking great really is about us working together. Let’s be honest, this whole endeavor requires a lot of work on your part at home in front of the bathroom mirror. It also involves a lot of planning in that you have to be looking ahead and scheduling your regular preventive dentistry appointments. For today’s post, we wanted to focus on the importance of establishing excellent hygiene routines, and adhering to them for the long haul. Please keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with Mint 32 Dentistry to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Morton!
Each New Day Presents An Opportunity
Regardless of what happened yesterday, you begin your new day by brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, thereby setting yourself up for success.
Just don’t wait until after you eat your Wheaties. No kidding. If you’ve been brushing your teeth after breakfast you could actually be doing more harm than good. It sounds wacky, but it is the truth. Here’s why: plaque acids from food actually soften the enamel, and something as gentle as brushing your teeth can scrape and damage it. You will want to wait at least 30 minutes between eating and brushing!
We realize that you probably want to head off to the office with a fresh-feeling mouth. Rinsing is a great way to accomplish that goal, especially with a fluoride-fortified mouthwash.
During the day, you will want to drink plenty of water, and watch what you put into your body. This stuff matters!
Create Your Evening Habits
In this day and age, it can be exhausting to try and maintain your hectic schedule at work, school, home, and so forth. You more than likely want nothing more than the chance to take it easy in the evenings. But after dinner, as you begin to wind down and inch closer to bedtime, make sure you haven’t eaten anything inside of a half hour or so, because you don’t want to brush a mouth full of plaque acid! Then brush your teeth one last time.
After that, get out the dental floss and get to work. Flossing is essential to your oral health because it goes places your toothbrush can’t reach. The spaces between your teeth are some of the most sensitive spots in your mouth, and if you don’t keep them clean gum disease and cavities are going to soon pop up in the places you can’t detect. None of that will be any fun for you.
Schedule Your Six Month Dental Exams
What you do at home is a big deal. After all, brushing and flossing are essential for preserving the health of your smile, but these things are not stand alone productions, they must be done along with professional dental exams. Finding a dentist you can trust to keep up with your ever-evolving needs will be the key to keeping your smile in great shape for many years to come.
We want to see you at Mint 32 Dentistry every six months for a thorough preventive dentistry checkup. This will allow us to look after your teeth and gums and help you stay healthy at every stage of life. We will give you a professional-grade cleaning, screen you for problems, offer suggestions for further prevention, and we can even talk about sprucing up your look with one of our smile makeover solutions. You’d be surprised by all that we can do for you. But we can’t do much of anything if you never come see us!
Begin Again Today!
We hope this information has been helpful. And we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership! Whether you need an appointment or just have questions about preventive dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, all you have to do is contact us online to get started!