Developing a Good Oral Care Routine
By Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Gerald R. Ryan D
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

How your dentist in Swartz Creek, MI, can help you have a healthy smile

A good oral care routine is the most important way for you to enjoy a healthy smile for life. When your smile is healthy, it helps keep your body healthy too. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy smile can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. Fortunately, here at Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald R. Ryan offers comprehensive dental care to help you have a healthy smile.

To prevent gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay, you need to develop a good oral care routine. This routine needs to include:

Brushing your teeth after meals and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Brush in a gentle, circular motion, cleaning all of the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. You can also gently brush your tongue, an often overlooked place where bacteria can hide.

Flossing your teeth at least once each day; make sure you wrap the floss around each tooth as you go in between your teeth. When you wrap the floss around the tooth, it helps ensure the floss stays next to the tooth surface, so it cleans better. If you have arthritis or dexterity issues, you can use floss picks, as well.

Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a dental examination, including x-rays; regular visits to your dentist helps identify dental issues early, so they don’t turn into large dental problems. Your dentist will monitor the health of your gums, teeth, and supporting bone, and treat any dental problems.

Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning; your dental hygienist can remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth, lowering bacteria levels to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. You can also learn about the latest tools and techniques to practice good oral care at home.

You deserve to enjoy a healthy smile for life, so it’s time to develop a good oral hygiene routine. To learn more about taking care of your smile, call Dr. Gerald R. Ryan of Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446.