Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
Most people perform the two basic components of oral hygiene - brushing and flossing - more or less on autopilot. Although brushing and flossing are at the top of the list of essential oral hygiene practices, there are a few additional steps you will need to take (and some to avoid) in order to ensure that your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Dr. Gregory Mark, a dentist in Forest Hills, NY, recommends following the American Dental Association's (ADA) guidelines to see a dentist every six months for a routine exam and professional dental cleaning to lower your risk of common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease, or to catch them early enough to avoid complications and long term damage.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Forest Hills, NY
If you are already brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day (hint: it doesn't matter what time of day you floss as long as you did it every day), you are already making an important investment in your present and future oral health. But there is more to a comprehensive and effective oral hygiene routine than brushing your teeth. Here is a simple checklist to help you get the most out of your daily dental routine:
- Ask your dentist for recommendations for the best toothbrush for you, and change it frequently
- Your diet affects your oral and general health; avoid over consumption of sugar and hard foods that may cause damage to your enamel
- Avoid tobacco
- Don't forget to gently brush your gums and tongue
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated
Find a Dentist in Forest Hills, NY
Your oral hygiene habits and dental self care are the first line of defense against cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. For more information, contact Forest Hills Dental by calling (718) 275-9792 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark today.