Elmhurst Dentist Answers Questions About Maintaining a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Oct 8, 2013

Every patient wants to maximize his or her oral hygiene efforts in order to maintain a clean and healthy smile. Our Elmhurst dentist office has some useful tips for patients of all ages, and today we are going to be reviewing some of these tips. So keep reading to get the information you need to take your smile to the next level.

Q: What is the right schedule for brushing and flossing?
A: The goal of brushing and flossing is to clear away built up plaque before it hardens into tartar on the teeth. Because plaque leads to gum disease and cavities, it is imperative that you keep plaque at a minimum. Our dentist recommends that all patients brush at least twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed—as well as flossing at least once a day. You can actually brush after your meals to further deter plaque buildup.

Q: How often should I see my dentist?

A: Most patients—pediatric and adult—should have a professional dental cleaning every six months. Frequent professional cleanings help to keep plaque and tartar from accumulating to dangerous levels. When you meet with our dentist, we can discuss what dental cleaning schedule is right for you.

Q: What about mouthwash, should I use it?

A: Mouthwash can be a great supplement to an already comprehensive dental routine. You can rinse with mouthwash after flossing and brushing in order to flush away bacteria and temporarily freshen breath. But remember, mouthwash is a never a good substitute for brushing and flossing!

Do you have more questions about dental care and oral hygiene? Our Elmhurst dentist office is here to give you the information you need! Please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation with our dentist, or just ask a few questions.