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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy


When was the last time you visited your family or general dentist? It is recommended that you see your general dentist about every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. While you may think you would rather save the money since you aren’t experiencing any pain, regular visits to your general dentist can save you time and money in the long run by preserving your dental health.

The American Dental Association recommends the following for maintaining excellent oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily and be sure to replace your toothbrush once the bristles are frayed (at least every three to four months)
  • Use an interdental cleaner or floss each day to clean out food particles or plaque that get stuck between teeth
  • Limit snacks between meals and eat a balanced diet
  • Visit your general dentist regularly for professional tooth cleanings

While brushing and flossing help rid your teeth of bacteria and plaque buildup each time you eat, there are many hard-to-reach places in your mouth that only a general dentist can clean. When plaque is not cleaned off, it produces acids that attack your tooth enamel each time you eat. Over time, tooth decay and gum disease slowly start to form. When you visit your general dentist for a professional teeth cleaning, tarter, plaque, and bacteria are thoroughly eliminated from those spots that your floss or brush can’t find.

In addition to teeth cleanings, visiting your general dentist regularly ensures that you are getting frequent oral exams to guard against oral cancer or periodontal disease. Catching these oral diseases early can make a huge difference in the success, length, and cost of treatment.

To schedule an initial appointment with a general dentist today, use our Crown Council dentist locator on this page to find a highly qualified general dentist near you. Crown Council member dentists are held to exceptionally high standards of dentistry.