Maintaining good oral hygiene practices are not just important for the health of your teeth and gums, it is also important for your overall health. There is a strong link between your oral health and your general health. Poor oral health can lead to serious conditions such as:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Bone loss
- Heart disease
In order to avoid the development of these issues, it is crucial that you maintain a good oral hygiene regimen consisting of regular brushing and flossing as well as professional teeth cleanings at our Northern Virginia general dentistry office.
Your Daily Oral Hygiene Regimen
Healthy teeth and gums start with a good at-home daily oral hygiene regimen. This should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. If possible, it is best to brush after every meal to remove any loose food particles lodged in your teeth.
For best results, use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush in small circles, angling your toothbrush 45 degrees into your gum line. Make sure you reach the front, back, and biting surface of your teeth, and brush your tongue to remove any bacteria that may cause bad breath.
It is also important to floss once a day to remove any food particles and plaque between your teeth that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. Wrap the dental floss around your middle fingers and grasp it with your thumbs and index fingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth and use an up-and-down motion to remove any plaque between your teeth. Make sure you floss all the way to your gum line, and don’t overlook the hard-to-reach teeth in the back of your mouth.
Dental Checkups and Teeth Cleanings
Unfortunately, regular brushing and flossing is not enough to maintain healthy teeth and gums. You will also need to visit Northern Virginia dentist Dr. Aboulkhair twice a year for your regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. If you have serious oral health issues such as gum disease, Dr. Aboulkhair may recommend more frequent cleanings.
Your dental checkups and teeth cleanings will serve two purposes. Our Fairfax dentists will clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that has built up. This is an important step in the prevention tooth decay and gum disease. During your checkup, Dr. Aboulkhair will also check for other oral health issues such as TMJ, oral cancer, and an obstructed airway which may lead to sleep apnea. By catching these issues as they first develop, Dr. Aboulkhair can eliminate the need for painful and expensive procedures that are necessary once these conditions are at a more advanced stage.
Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax using the form at the right side of the page or call (703) 218-8142 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Aboulkhair serves patients throughout Northern Virginia.