Like getting enough exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet, most of us are aware that good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing every day, are necessary for an attractive and healthy smile. But even with an avalanche of information and the best intentions in the world, millions of Americans still suffer from some degree of periodontal (gum) disease every year, according to the American Dental Association.
In addition to daily brushing and flossing, Dr. Jill Markos, a Vancouver, WA based dentist, recommends scheduling a dental check up and professional cleaning every six months to monitor the ongoing health of your teeth and gums. Making regular dentist appointments a regular part of an oral healthcare routine is important for several reasons. Even with consistent brushing and flossing, traces of gum disease causing bacteria can still collect and solidify between the teeth and gums. Regular dental cleanings pick up where a toothbrush and floss leave off.
Preventive Dental Care in Vancouver, WA
The goal of a good oral hygiene routine is to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. No matter where you are on your oral health and general wellness journey, a visit to the dentist is a great place to start. Regular dental visits can also help us get back on track with our oral hygiene when we inevitably fall off every now and then. A busy schedule can make it easy to fall into bed too exhausted to brush and floss at the end of the day, or to overindulge on sugary drinks and snacks around the holidays. Visiting the dentist every six months will help to catch potential problems before they can advance and cause lasting damage.
Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy Between the Next Dentist Appointment
- Carry a travel toothbrush or keep one in your desk at work to brush after lunch or afternoon snacks
- Flossing can be done at any point in the day, as long as you do it once every 16-24 hours
- Overconsumption of sugar can sabotage oral health as well as waistlines
- Smoking and tobacco use increase the risk of gum disease and tooth loss - just say no
Find a Dentist in Vancouver, WA
It is always a good time to invest in oral health. For more information on how to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking their best, contact the office of Dr. Markos by calling (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning today.