Dentists and most patients know that keeping the mouth and teeth clean requires daily care. By taking preventative measures, patients can avoid cavities, plaque build-up, gum-disease, and other dental problems. Still, every once in a while, it’s helpful to be reminded of some useful tips in keeping a clean and cavity-free mouth. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry in Philadelphia, preventative dentistry is highly encouraged, and Dr. Bruce Wilderman and his expert staff can take care of patients’ additional dental needs.
So what can patients do to take better care of the teeth and gums? For those in need of a refresher, here are some tips:
- Brush and floss teeth at least once daily. This is hands down the most important thing patients can do to maintain a healthy mouth, keep the teeth clean, and prevent future problems from arising. Taking just five extra minutes a day to properly brush and floss can prevent serious dental issues, such as inflammation and periodontal disease, from occurring. An ideal patient will brush after every meal and floss once a day, but brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can make all the difference.
- Visit the dentist every six months. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule with a dental professional, any small dental problems can be addressed before they become larger, more invasive issues (and more costly!). At Dr. Wilderman’s practice in Philadelphia, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry options are available to get patients the perfect smile. At each routine cleaning, Dr. Wilderman and his staff will ensure patient comfort in a state-of-the-art facility, and will discuss the best available options for the teeth.
- Make sure to brush properly. Brushing one’s teeth seems pretty straightforward, but many patients actually brush the wrong way. To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, position the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line. Make sure to brush in an up-to-down motion while slowly working the brush across all surfaces of the teeth and gums. Don’t forget to brush the tongue and the roof of the mouth! Both of these areas can harbor harmful bacteria if unaddressed.
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is the main ingredient that prevents tooth decay and keeps teeth strong. Patients should make sure this ingredient is listed on the brand of toothpaste they choose.
Sometimes, more than just preventative care is required in addressing patients' dental needs. At Artistic Expressions here in Philadelphia, restorative dentistry options are available as well. Restorative dentistry addresses everything from dental crowns and implants, to bridges and laser dentistry. For aesthetic concerns, Dr. Wilderman offers cosmetic services such as tooth whitening and dental veneers. Good dental hygiene starts at home, but Dr. Wilderman and his entire staff can handle any additional dental concerns patients may have. Contact Artistic Expressions Dentistry today; Dr. Wilderman and his staff can get patients started on achieving improved dental health!