Taking the time to attend your regular checkup and cleaning is an essential practice for maintaining a healthy smile for life. Indeed, your grin is constantly on the defensive against a host of threats and other oral concerns, and unfortunately, there are even fewer natural defenses on your side. Still, no routine is complete without at-home preventive care, and sometimes you could benefit from an upgrade. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist takes a look at the ways your practice prevention at home and discuss opportunities for a more thorough clean.
More Than Simply Brushing Your Teeth
From a very young age, your parents or guardians likely instilled upon you the need for regular teeth-brushing. Whether you welcomed the task as something new to try or saw it nothing more than a ploy by parents to make you do something you did not want to do, the outcome was the same: your smile was healthier for it.
Indeed, you may have not known it at the time, but your parents encouraged you to practice oral hygiene in order to help provide the best chances for smile success down the line. Additionally, the sooner you begin, the better luck you will have, ideally. But what exactly constitutes an effective preventive routine?
You see, dental prevention is considered any practice that aims to protect your natural structures from harm prior to these factors having an effect. While you may have the teeth brushing segment down, it is important to recognize that this is only one part of the entire process.
A Major Role of Floss
In addition to brushing and attending your checkups and cleanings, our team encourages patients to floss between meals in order to prioritize their periodontal health. Indeed, your oral health is affected by more elements than just your teeth, and as such, your preventive routine should be reflective of this.
Flossing helps remove particles of food that become lodged when eating. These food particles attract oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease, meaning the longer the particles are present, the more likely you are to develop a gum infection such as periodontal disease. For more information about this process and what your treatment options may be, give our team a call today.
Rinsing With Antiseptic Mouthwash
Finally, rinsing and spitting with antiseptic mouthwash can provide your smile a better overall lean. It can be difficult to reach the difficult areas of the mouth, but with mouthwash, you can address more bacteria and germs that would have otherwise survived to wreak havoc and run amok.
Schedule Your Checkup Today
Contact Modern Smiles in North Hollywood, CA by calling 818-763-9353 to schedule your next appointment with our team, and learn more about the importance of routine prevention.