El Dorado Family Dental
Cosmetic Dentistry in El Dorado Hills, CA

Caring for Your Teeth between Dental Checkups

June 22, 2020
Posted By: El Dorado Family Dental
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At El Dorado Family Dental, we emphasize preventive dentistry. The idea is that prevention means fewer cavities, and it lowers your risks for general dentistry maintenance like periodontal treatment for gum disease and root canal therapy for deep decay and infections.

Your El Dorado Hills dentist wants you to have a healthy and comfortable smile for life!

Regular Dental Visit Are Crucial

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist twice-yearly for dental exams and teeth cleanings to lower your risks for decay and oral health conditions. If you have a specific oral health issue like gum disease, we typically alter this schedule to save your smile and your overall health.

Dental checkups help your dentist root out early cavities and emerging conditions that may be reversible. Your dentist also looks for signs of bruxism, oral cancer, and periodontal disease.

Your professional teeth cleaning gets rid of hard-to-reach plaque and bacteria, which contribute to decay and gum disease.

However, it is important to care for your teeth between dental checkups and teeth cleanings!

Proper Brushing and Flossing at Home

Brushing and flossing at least twice per day is crucial to your dental health. If you indulge in sugary foods and drinks, we also recommend adding a third brushing and flossing session to your routine.

Be sure to brush all surfaces of each tooth to the gum line, including the biting surface and the backs of teeth. And floss between each tooth gently—never force your floss.

Your dentist can provide additional instructions to help you make the most of your at-home routine, and we may recommend a more customized schedule if you’re prone to cavities or have been diagnosed with gingivitis.

Contact Our Dental Office to Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning

Even if you take excellent care of your smile between dental visits, it’s vital to seek dental treatment for your long-term oral health.

Get in touch with us today to schedule your dental appointment.

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