Dental Cleaning Recommendations from Your Dentist

Dental Cleaning Annapolis, MD

Regular dental cleaning is essential to your long-term oral health, even if you brush and floss regularly at home. According to the American Dental Association, dentists recommend that people visit their dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. If you have cavities or other problems, your dentist will usually recommend more frequent visits until they're resolved.

Brush your teeth

You brush your teeth twice a day, don't you? Then why aren't you brushing them in a way that keeps them in good shape? Our dentists recommend brushing teeth in two ways: once when you get up and once before bed. Use soft bristles to brush your tongue, then brush your teeth to freshen your breath. Use fluoride toothpaste to fight cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup.

Most dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush, as hard bristles can do more harm than good. The American Dental Association also recommends cleaning every surface of your teeth: front, back, and between them.

If you use an electric toothbrush, it's good to move it in small circles so that your gums don't bleed. Brushing after eating helps remove food particles that will give you bad breath throughout the day. It is ideal if you also brushed your tongue every time you brush your teeth to keep plaque buildup at bay. Be sure to replace your toothbrush regularly: dentists recommend changing yours out every three months.

Floss your teeth

Flossing is one of those things you know you should do but never actually do—and we hate to break it to you, but not flossing can be bad for your teeth and gums. So, when you go in for your next dental cleaning, make sure your dentist tells you to floss daily. If they don't bring it up, ask if you're doing everything right!

Flossing at least once a day helps prevent buildup on your teeth that causes cavities and gum disease. And there are even some nifty gadgets out there that allow you to spray water between teeth that can help you work around any physical limitations and improve oral health. The longer-term benefits: better breath and fewer trips to your dentist. So, floss! You'll thank us later!

Visit your dentist every six months

One of your dentist's top recommendations for a healthy smile is for you to visit every six months. While professional cleanings and checkups aren't always easy to make time for, we believe they should be a priority! Visit your local dentist every six months, and we'll show you why it's worth it.

Dental cleanings (also known as dental exams or checkups) are designed to help you maintain your oral health. Not only do cleanings help you stay on top of oral hygiene, but they also improve overall gum and tooth health by removing plaque and tartar, which can lead to more serious dental issues like periodontal disease. As part of thorough cleaning, your dentist will thoroughly remove plaque and tartar that's built up since their last visit with both manual instruments and ultrasonic scalers. With professional instruments being used, rest assured that you're in good hands!

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