Even if you don’t have serious dental concerns and have excellent oral hygiene, it’s still vital to visit your dentist every six months and stay vigilant about your mouth health. This allows your dentist to examine your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth and spot any problems before they become serious. This helps preserve your oral AND overall health.

But seeing your dentist twice a year alone isn’t quite enough to keep your mouth healthy. Your home dental care routine is the single most important aspect of your oral health. Dr. John C. Cranham, a Chesapeake, VA dentist, encourages patients of all ages to maintain regular dental visits and excellent at-home oral hygiene to have the best oral health possible.

The Best At-Home Regimen For Healthy Teeth Includes:

Brush your teeth twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice daily using an American Dental Association (ADA)-approved toothpaste and toothbrush. It’s important that both the toothpaste and toothbrush are ADA approved so you don’t damage your teeth or gums. Brushing your teeth prevents buildup of oral bacteria and plaque hardening into tartar which can lead to gingivitis and gum disease.

Floss every day

Flossing allows you to remove plaque from between teeth and beneath the gum line. This removes bacterial colonies, preventing them from eating away at your enamel and damaging your teeth.

Rinse After Eating

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

When should I begin to visit Dr. Cranham?

Most dentists, including Dr. Cranham, recommend children visit the dentist starting with their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first. This helps them acclimate to the dentist’s office with an age-appropriate cleaning. At this visit, Dr. Cranham will 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. Coming to the dentist with their parent when the parent is coming for dental care can also help reduce anxiety and establish a solid foundation for good oral care habits.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Cranham offers comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. Contact our Chesapeake, VA dental office online or by phone at 757.656.4109 today.

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