Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? That means now is the perfect time to talk about what our Omaha, NE, patients can do to safeguard their smiles. From checkups and cleanings to proper homecare, you have plenty of options for protecting your teeth and gums!
Brush and Floss Daily
You’ve heard it a million times, but proper brushing and flossing are really crucial for safeguarding your smile against tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth for two minutes when waking up and again before bed. We suggest a toothbrush, whether electric or manual, with soft bristles. You should also choose a toothpaste containing fluoride and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Patients of all ages also need to floss every night before bed, which removes the food particles a toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach.
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
When choosing foods and snacks, try to cut back on items containing sugar and starches. Instead, opt for fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, and other smile healthy snack options. Instead of soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, try to drink more water, which not only hydrates, but also helps cleanse the smile. A good diet helps protect your smile from common oral health issues.
Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning
Every six months, patients of all ages need to have their teeth examined and cleaned. We can complete both in a single visit, identifying possible problem areas and prescribing the appropriate treatment. We also remove all plaque buildup, which would otherwise weaken tooth enamel and inflame gum tissue. If you have any questions about caring for your smiles form home, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you and your family, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Hygiene?
Our team is ready to help you and your family enjoy healthier and brighter smiles. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.