Throughout October, we’ll be joining other dental professionals across the country in celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month. We want to help our Astoria, NY, patients enjoy healthy smiles by taking better care of their smiles at home and seeing us every six months. Do you have questions about improving dental hygiene?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Hygiene
Question: How do I brush my teeth properly?
Answer: First, whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, be sure you opt for soft bristles and clean your teeth for at least two minutes. Approach the teeth at a 45-degree angle to ensure you clean as much of the available surface as possible. Brush the front teeth in a circular motion. For your toothpaste, select one that not only contains fluoride, but also the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.
Question: Do I need to floss if I brush?
Answer: Absolutely! In fact, flossing is even more vital than brushing. Floss removes the bits of food stuck between the teeth, which would otherwise be broken down by bacteria and cause plaque buildup. Plaque is a major factor in the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. You should floss every night before bed.
Question: Why do I need to have my smile examined?
Answer: We suggest a six-month checkup so we can examine your teeth and gums using advanced technology, such digital x-rays. The exam allows us to obtain a detailed view of your oral health, identifying possible problems in the earliest stages, treating them before they threaten stability of your smile.
Question: Why do we need to have our teeth cleaned?
Answer: A cleaning is the only way to remove plaque from the teeth, so having one every six months means a reduced risk of cavities, bad breath, discoloration and periodontal problems. If you have any questions about brushing or flossing, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit, give us a call!
Do You Need Help Caring for Your Smile?
We want to make sure our patients practice good oral hygiene, keeping their teeth and gums healthy. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.