At Provo Dental in Provo, UT your dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest, makes sure all his patients develop good oral hygiene habits. He knows from experience that consistent at-home and in-office care lowers the risk of decay, gum disease, tooth loss and even poor systemic health. So, the question is," Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits?"
Home oral hygiene
The American Dental Association (ADA) sets guidelines for both dentists and patients to follow. These guidelines include how patients participate in self-care. So, what's your responsibility regarding dental care?
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Use a quality, non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and a soft brush which fits comfortably in your mouth. When you brush, be sure to work on all tooth surfaces, including the ones which are hard to reach.
2. Floss your teeth once a day. In addition to brushing, flossing removes plaque
3. Eat well every day. That means limit sugar and carbohydrates and focus on fruits, vegetables, calcium, whole grains and protein. Drink water to assist in saliva production, to wash tooth surfaces and to avoid harmful dry mouth.
4. Be aware of what's happening in your mouth. If you notice a sore which does not heal, feel sensitivity on a particular tooth or notice bleeding gums, see your dentist in Provo right away.
Both the ADA and Dr. Wiest want patients to get in-office examinations, X-rays (as needed) and hygienic cleanings every six months. Some individuals, such as those with periodontal needs, may require more frequent visits.
At a routine visit, your hygienist will scale your teeth, using small handheld tools to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar. Also, they'll floss and polish your teeth and recommend ways to keep your smile sparkling and healthy.
Dr. Wiest will carefully examine your teeth and gums for decay and periodontal problems. Also, he'll assess your soft oral tissues for oral cancer, examine your dental bite, check your crowns fillings, other restorations and cosmetic work for a breakdown.
Great smiles need care
As you partner with Dr. Wiest and his team at Eight North Dental Center in Provo, UT, you'll enjoy the benefits a healthy smile can bring. If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth and gums or how to care for them, please call the office at (801) 374-8205.