Whenever a patient finishes an appointment at Dr. Mehta & Associates, we also give them reminders about how to protect their smile. Additionally, when we host community activities in Menifee, Temecula, Murrieta, and Riverside, our team advises patrons with helpful strategies to maximize their oral health. Part 1 of this 3-part blog covers the first 3 of 10 tips that are very effective in helping you keep your smile its best. If you need to make an appointment with a trusted dentist, give us a call at (951) 383-6858 (Temecula office) or (951) 667-1595 (Riverside office).
Tip 1—Keep Fighting Bacteria
Everyday bacteria is trying to gain the upper hand in your mouth. Your saliva is the first defense against bacterial growth, but sometimes it rarely washes all food and drinks particles down your throat. Consequently, brushing, flossing and mouth washing is a necessary part of oral hygiene. Without at a twice a day regimen, bacteria will form into plaque which will eventually lead to cavities.
Tip 2—Make and Keep Routine Dental Appointments
Everyone should visit a dentist at least twice a year. However, to upkeep your smile you may need more appointments due to your level of oral health. Bacteria have a propensity to accumulate in hard to reach places, so even a meticulous oral hygiene regimen can miss a spot or two. Dentists use specialized tools such as digital x-rays, panoramic scanners, and power scrubbers to find and remove plaque and tartar in tight spots.
Most patients do not like to floss. We find that it is typical because they do not know the proper technique. Hence, we take out time to show you how and why flossing is so important. You’ll be amazed at how much is left between your teeth after eating. Furthermore, brushing along simply cannot remove food particles that hide between teeth.
Be sure to check the next blog to see the next 3 tips.