Hello and welcome! We are glad you found the online home of New Albany Implants. We are your trusted source for restorative dentistry in Southern Indiana. But we, obviously, want to help you maintain your natural smile whenever possible.
To that end, we like to use this platform as a community education forum for all things related to oral health. Staying healthy and happy requires a lot of work on your part at home as well as scheduling regular trips to the dentist.
In today’s post, we want to talk about the importance of creating excellent oral hygiene routines, and sticking to them. Keep reading, and then be sure to get in touch with our New Albany, Indiana dentist’s office to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ron or Dr. Brad.
Wake Up To A Better Smile Each Day
Begin your day by brushing your teeth for at least two minutes.
Get this: if you’ve been brushing after breakfast you could actually be doing more harm than good. It sounds counterintuitive, but it is the truth.
Plaque acids from food actually soften the enamel, and something as gentle as brushing your teeth can scrape and damage it.
You will want to wait at least 30 minutes between eating and brushing!
You might want to head out the door with a fresh-feeling mouth. Rinsing is a great way to achieve that, especially with a fluoride-fortified mouthwash.
Throughout the day, you will want to drink plenty of water, and watch what you put into your body.
Form Good Evening Habits
It is hard to keep up with a busy schedule at work, school, etc. We get it. You probably need to take it easy in the evening. But after dinner, as you begin to wind down and get closer and closer to bedtime, make sure you haven’t eaten anything inside of a half hour or so, because you don’t want to brush a mouth full of plaque acid! Then brush your pearly whites one more time.
After that, find the floss. Flossing is essential to your oral health because it goes places your toothbrush can’t get to. The spaces between your teeth are some of the most sensitive spots in your mouth, and if you don’t keep them clean gum disease and cavities are going to soon pop up in places you can’t detect. That will not be much fun for you!
Six Month Visits Will Be Key
We all know that brushing and flossing can go a long way toward preserving the health of your smile, but it can’t go as far as a professional exam. Finding a dentist you can trust to keep up with your ever-evolving needs will be the key to keeping your smile on track.
Make sure you’re seeing us at New Albany Implants every six months for a thorough checkup that will ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for years to come. We will give you a professional-grade cleaning, offer suggestions for further prevention (sealants, fluoride varnishes, mouthguards), and we can even screen you for oral cancer.
Make It Happen!
Whether you need an appointment or have questions about preventive dental care in Southern Indiana, give us a call: we’re here to help! You can reach our New Albany office at (812) 945-7645 or you can contact us online. Dr. Ron and Dr. Brad will give you plenty to smile about!