Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
January 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping good oral hygiene habits can make or break your smile. Understanding how these habits affect you and your teeth and why theyoral hygiene are important is an important aspect of tailoring your dental care routine for you. Find out more about keeping good oral hygiene habits and how your dentist can help with Dr. Charles Sours, Jr. at his practice in Woodbridge, VA.

What is the best way to keep my teeth healthy? 
No matter your risk of decay or gum disease, age, or dental condition, the minimum daily dental care routine should consist of brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once. These tasks should be performed properly. Brush for at least two minutes, using a soft toothbrush and replacing the brush when it begins to show signs of wear. Floss between each tooth, using a new length of floss for each quadrant of the mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria.

How often should I see my dentist? 
In addition to a strong at-home routine, everyone should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. These preventative visits give your dentist an opportunity to find and treat issues like cavities early, while they still require a simple filling to repair rather than a root canal or even extraction. Additionally, routine dental cleanings give your teeth a clean slate on a regular basis, eliminating plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and stopping decay before it begins.

Good Oral Hygiene in Woodbridge, VA
Scheduling your regular dental examination and cleaning today can prevent teeth decay or the gum disease it causes in the future. You should consult with your dentist to determine the best examination schedule for you. Some patients may need to see their dentist more or less often than twice a year.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Sours. at his practice in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 491-2131 to schedule your appointment for a routine examination and cleaning with Dr. Sours today!