Maintaining good dental health isn't difficult, but many people become inattentive to their routine after so many years of doing it the same way. Dr. Paul Letellier, your family dentist in Chesapeake, VA, is happy to help his patients at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry take a look at how they're caring for their teeth at home. If you're not sure that your dental hygiene habits make the grade, read on for a refresher:
Brushing your teeth has likely become a habit you don't think much about, but your Chesapeake family dentist encourages all patients to evaluate their brushing routine and make sure it's efficient and appropriate. When choosing a toothbrush, for example, look on the package to make sure that it has soft bristles to prevent abrasion. Additionally, even with a soft-bristled brush, it's important not to press down too hard against your teeth while you're brushing—gentle scrubbing motions are all that your teeth and gums need for effective cleaning. Replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months helps keep the bristles functioning properly and also cuts back on bacterial buildup.
Unfortunately, many people skip this important part of at-home dental hygiene. In fact, only about 4 in 10 Americans floss once a day, according to the ADA. However, taking the extra couple of minutes to work flossing into your daily routine is worth the extra time and money you might spend at our Chesapeake office otherwise.
To simplify the process, try using flossing picks or interdental brushes that are easier to maneuver than the traditional string. These portable tools also make it easier to use wherever it's most convenient for you: in your car after lunch, for example, or in bed while you're watching TV in the evening.
Regularly Visiting Your Family Dentist
A major component of good dental hygiene is visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups. If you need to make an appointment for yourself or someone in your household, contact Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA, at (757) 436-0026 to make an appointment with Dr. Paul LeTellier.