Many people find it difficult to pencil their dentist into their busy schedule. However, visiting the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings is crucial to your oral health and help you keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay. Do you visit your dentist enough? Is your oral care routine enough to keep your teeth healthy? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA.
How often should I see my dentist?
According to the American Dental Association’s recommendation, you should have a dental examination and cleaning every six months. This is a blanket recommendation, meant for every dental patient regardless of their dental needs or history. Some patients, such as those who are more susceptible to gum disease or teeth decay or have a history of severe dental problems, may need to see their dentist even more frequently. Some people, who have a very strong at-home oral care routine and history of good dental health may be able to get away with only one visit a year. Work with your dentist to determine the best examination schedule for your particular needs.
How should I care for my teeth?
Caring for your teeth is a daily two-step process. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and ensuring that each brushing session lasts at least two minutes. Use good technique, including brushing the fronts and backs of every tooth, including the backside of the back molars, and using short, back-and-forth motions to clean each tooth. Floss between each tooth at least once a day. Use a long strand of floss wrapped tautly around your two forefingers to floss between each tooth and extend the floss all the way up and under the gums to help remove bacteria build up in those areas. If you have special circumstances like very crowded or overlapping teeth or a dental restoration like a bridge, you may need to use specialized tools like threading floss or a water pick to ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean.
Preventative Dental Care in South Pasadena, CA
Preventing teeth decay and gum disease is an ongoing fight which requires daily attention. Your dentist simply picks up your slack and ensures you have a clean slate to work with between visits. Work together with your dentist to ensure that you have the best oral care routine and dental examination schedule for you and your smile.
For more information on visiting your dentist, please contact Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment for a with your dentist today!