Spring is more than a great time of year to clean your home – it’s also a great time of year to update your oral hygiene routine. As your dentist in Mountain View CA, we’ve got lots of suggestions that can help you improve your dental health this spring. Below, we’ve listed four proactive things you can do to prevent cavities and reduce the buildup of tartar and plaque on your teeth.
1. Make An Appointment for a Dental Cleaning
We recommend patients go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning in Mountain View CA, twice a year. If you haven’t signed up for one of these cleanings yet, then now is the time. Contact Dr. Joseph M Cassara to make an appointment as soon as possible.
2. Invest In An Electric Toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes are good, but electric toothbrushes are great. Electric toothbrushes oscillate or vibrate to remove plaque and tartar far more effectively than manual toothbrushes, and many of them come with features that add to the user experience.
For example, many electric toothbrushes have a timer feature to ensure the user brushes their teeth for two minutes. Some have sensors that can detect when the user isn’t brushing their teeth hard enough – or if they’re brushing their teeth too hard. Find an electric toothbrush that fits in your budget and has features that meet your needs.
3. Get a Tooth Brushing Tutorial
The next time you go to the dentist, ask them to show you the best method for brushing your teeth. You’ve probably been given this demonstration before, but it’s always a good idea to brush up on your tooth-brushing skills. You never know: you may have developed some bad habits along the way.
4. Cut Back On Sugar
When the bacteria in your mouth metabolize sugar, it produces an acid that can cause tooth decay. This is how eating sugar causes cavities. Change up your diet to reduce your sugar intake and protect your teeth. Substitute candy for vegetables, soda for water, and so on.
Get More Ideas When You Visit the Dentist
Want more ideas for ways to maintain your oral hygiene? Contact your dentist at Dr Joseph M Cassara. When you come in for your next appointment, we’ll be happy to discuss your personal dental health and how it can be improved.