When was the last time you went to the dentist?
If you answered “more than six months ago,” it’s about time you made an appointment.
Having a dentist or hygienist clean your teeth reinforces the homecare oral health regimen of brushing and flossing. Plus, it gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention. After all, you can’t remove stains, apply fluoride or polish your teeth at home (unless you live at a dentist’s office).
The Academy of General Dentistry strongly recommends that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. After your dental spring cleaning, be sure to keep your teeth pearly and white with these simple oral hygiene tips:
- Brush twice each day—once after breakfast, and again before bed.
- Floss daily.
- Eat healthy. Foods low in sugar and fat are better for your teeth.
- Don’t bite your nails. Nail biting can lead to bruxism, or the grinding or clenching of teeth.
- Abstain from using tobacco. Tobacco users are four times as likely as non-tobacco users to develop gum disease.