Your Guide to Dental Hygiene
It’s no secret that visiting your Renton dentist every six months is paramount to achieving a healthy smile. Thorough hygiene exams and professional cleanings allow us to identify problem areas and stop periodontal disease in its earliest stages. We want your smile to last a lifetime!
However, did you know keeping up with your dental hygiene goes beyond protecting your teeth?
Your mouth is the gateway to your body
It’s true. Your smile’s health is directly correlated to your overall health. Several chronic illnesses (heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and so many more) are linked to poor dental hygiene and oral health.
Just by visiting Dr. Michele Taylor consistently for your comprehensive exams and cleanings, you’re setting yourself up to achieve optimal oral health. What can you expect with your biannual checkups with our family dentist in Renton, WA? Get the information you need below.
How Can You Keep Your Smile Healthy - DIY Style?
How often should I visit the dentist?
For most people, visiting their dentist twice a year is enough.
People with minimal risk of gum disease or cavities can maintain their oral health by seeing their dentist only once a year.
If you have a high risk of dental disease, you may need more frequent visits, like every three or four months or more. Who falls into this high-risk group?
- People who smoke
- Pregnant women
- People diagnosed with Diabetes
- People currently having gum disease
- People susceptible to bacterial infection due to a weakened immune response
- People who frequently get cavities or build up higher levels of plaque
How many times should I brush and floss daily?
At a minimum, brush your teeth twice a day (for 2 minutes) and floss at least once a day. If you’re a frequent eater, we recommend you brush and floss more than the minimum to ensure you get rid of food debris and limit your exposure to harmful bacteria.
How to properly brush your teeth:
Get the most out of your brushing in these easy six steps:
- Use only a small amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Brush the inner and outer surfaces with a gentle, circular motion
- Brush your molars with a back-and-forth motion
- Be sure to repeat steps 3 and 4 for two minutes
- After those two minutes, brush your tongue to get rid of any remaining bacteria and keep your mouth fresh
How to properly floss your teeth:
Become a flossing pro just by following these simple steps:
- Use about 18 inches of floss and wrap both ends around your middle fingers
- Pinch the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and gently insert the floss between the teeth
- When the floss reaches your gumline, curve the floss in a “C shape” against the side of the tooth
- Gently rub the floss up and down the tooth. Repeat the process for each side of every tooth