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Preventive Dental Care in Issaquah WA

Irrespective of your age, preventive dental care is essential throughout your life. It is easy to keep your smile white, bright, and healthy for the long term, provided that you visit your dentist regularly for biannual dental checkups. Besides, practicing good oral hygiene is also effective in this regard. Listed below are some important tips on how you can help keep your teeth free from cavities and plaque, with a healthy look.

  • Do you brush your teeth once or twice a day? Most dentists recommend brushing twice daily for best results. However, if you have sensitive gums, ensure that you have a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimize irritation. To keep food particles and plaque in check, use a quality fluoride toothpaste. Another useful tip which is oft-overlooked is to brush the upper surface of your tongue. This will help you to eliminate food particles which can cause extra plaque, as well as removing unpalatable odors and tastes, thus freshening your breath.
  • Be sure to floss at least once daily. To eliminate harmful microorganisms residing between your teeth and below your gum line, using a quality mouthwash is recommended. In places where toothbrush is less effective, the unfettered growth of decay-causing bacteria is a possibility; using a regimen combining brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, you can help yourself in eliminating the common causes of dental decay and gum disease.

Brushing Instructions

Brushing: Step 1

Hold your toothbrush and place it at approximately 45° angle to your gums.

Brushing: Step 2

To remove plaque and residues, move your brush softly in a circular motion, repeating several times.

Brushing: Step 3

Ensure that each tooth is brushed on its inward, outward, and chewing surfaces, respectively.

Brushing: Step 4

A good method of cleaning your front teeth on the inner surface is by using the tip of your toothbrush in an up-down “digging motion”, pulling unwanted plaque away from the gumline.

Flossing Instructions

Flossing: Step 1

Unwind approximately 18 inches of floss, wrapped around two fingers on opposite hands. Wrap the greater part of it around one finger and progressively transfer it to the other finger as you use thefloss.

Flossing: Step 2

Guide about one inch of floss between your teeth, using your forefinger and thumb.

Flossing: Step 3

Firmly grasp the floss move it in an up-&-down motion along both surfaces of adjacent teeth. Be sure to slide it beneath your gumline carefully, to remove unseen plaque.

Flossing: Step 4

Repeat this up-&-down routine for each of your teeth.

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet, and if possible, limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages. Include nutritious foods which promote good dental health in your diet, such as: cheese, plain yogurt, fruit, and raw vegetables.
  • Make a commitment to visit your dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleaning biannually, or every 6 months.
  • Consult your doctor on using various methods to protect your teeth from decay, such as protective dental coatings or sealants which are applied on the chewing surface of the back teeth.
  • Don’t forget to ask your dentist about using special mouthguards if you are physically active. They are specifically designed to protect your smile from trauma.

Has it been more than six months since you went to your dental provider for your checkup? If so, then make sure to schedule an appointment with your friendly dentist right away.

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