5 Oral Health Habits to Start This Year

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People learn oral health habits from their parents, school, or the dentist. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and going to your Bellevue general dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings help maintain good oral health. However, not everyone is diligent about their oral hygiene. This year, improve your oral health by following these five tips from Spektor Dental.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brushing your teeth is the most critical aspect of oral hygiene. At a minimum, brush twice a day – once in the morning and before bed. Not only does brushing remove cavity-causing bacteria, but it also freshens your breath and reduces stains on your teeth. You could amp up your oral hygiene routine by brushing after lunch. Oral bacteria double in numbers about every five hours, according to The National Magazine for Dental Hygiene Professionals, which makes brushing an essential step in preventing cavities and gum disease.

  1. Floss once a day

Flossing is the only way to clean between your teeth. By skipping this vital step in your daily routine, you miss cleaning 35 percent of your tooth’s surfaces. That would be like only cleaning one-third of your teeth. Preserve your oral health by flossing once a day. Basic string floss will do or opt for plastic flossers if you’re in a hurry. While water flossers provide added benefits, they shouldn’t replace traditional flossing methods.

  1. Clean your tongue

Clean your tongue each time you brush your teeth. A toothbrush removes bacteria and food particles from the tongue. If you prefer, a tongue scraper works as well. A clean tongue improves your breath, especially after consuming pungent beverages or foods like coffee, wine, garlic and onions.

  1. Get checkups and cleanings twice a year

Even people who diligently brush their teeth and floss daily still develop tartar buildup. Tartar is a hard substance that forms on your teeth and only can be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Tartar appears off-white or yellow and usually forms between teeth or along the gum line. Ignoring tartar buildup causes tenderness, inflammation and bleeding gums. These symptoms are classic signs of gum disease, a common oral infection affecting nearly half of adults in the U.S. Twice-yearly checkups and cleanings remove tartar buildup, which is essential to maintain oral health.

  1. Get dental x-rays

Our general dentists recommend dental x-rays once a year for preventive care. These images establish a baseline of your oral health and show below the gums and between your teeth. Discovering dental problems in the earliest stage means preserving more of your natural tooth structure and soft tissue. Maintain good oral health by addressing dental concerns as soon as possible. Spektor Dental can help by partnering with you on your journey to good oral health. Scheduling routine checkups and cleanings help decrease your risk of cavities and gum disease.

General Dentists in Bellevue

Let 2020 be the year that you improve your oral health. Learn more or schedule an appointment with Spektor Dental by calling (425) 454-1322. We offer expert general and cosmetic dental services to the areas of Bellevue, Medina and Newcastle.