At Michael Aiello, DDS, we take a proactive approach to dentistry, which includes helping to prevent dental health conditions in our patients.
According to the American Dental Association, twice-yearly dental visits and teeth cleanings go a long way toward preventing cavities and gum disease. If you have a specific oral health condition, your dentist may recommend a more custom checkup and teeth cleaning schedule.
Dental checkups allow your dentist to spot and treat emerging dental health issues to prevent more significant problems later. Your teeth cleaning gets rid of the resistant and hard to reach plaque and debris that your toothbrush will usually miss.
Between dental visits with your dentist in Clinton Township, MI, it’s crucial to brush and floss regularly—at least two times per day. But the way you brush and floss is important too.
Brushing and Flossing Advice
It’s essential to not over brush your teeth by pressing too hard—bending the bristles, for example. You should also brush in a circular motion, making sure to hit the gums, spaces between teeth, and the back of teeth. You should also repeat, making sure each tooth gets a thorough brushing. It’s also important to brush for at least two minutes. You should finish your routine by brushing your tongue to rid your mouth of lingering bacteria.
When it comes to flossing, it is essential to be gentle. You should guide the floss between your teeth to the gum line, but never tug if you feel resistance, especially near the supporting tissues. With flossing, it is important to hit every tooth with a clean length of floss, gently curving you’re your floss in a C formation at the gumline.
Schedule Your Routine Checkup and Cleaning Today
If it’s time for your next preventive dentistry appointment, get in touch with us today. We can also provide more specific tips during your checkup that complements your unique smile and smile goals.