Professional cleanings are the key to a healthy smile. And a healthy smile starts with health gums. If you or your family have not had a professional cleaning recently, please consider the importance of regular cleanings and maintenance of your dental and global health. Regular cleanings will keep you healthy and save your smile in the long run. While skipping your cleanings costs money and your health.
The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria lingers between teeth where brush bristles can’t reach.
- Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. While some study results indicate the use of a mouth rinse can be as effective as flossing for reducing plaque between the teeth, the ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss or interdental cleaners once each day to remove plaque from all tooth surfaces. Plaque is responsible for both tooth decay and gum disease.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit us regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
- Talk with us about what types of oral care products are most effective for you. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months (or sooner) if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush will not do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs, which is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease.
Schedule dental visits for you and your family today by calling The Right Smile Center in Sandy Springs at 404-256-3620. Our dental office is conveniently located on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs, and we serve patients from Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Buckhead, Marietta, East Cobb and surrounding Atlanta communities. We welcome new patients and will be happy to answer all of your questions with a complimentary visit. Our team includes in-house periodontal specialists. We look forward to making you, and your loved ones, smile!
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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 Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adults because they can wear out sooner.