October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which means dentists and practices across the nation will be raising awareness about dental hygiene, as well as the incredible work of dental hygienists. We know that our hygienists provide our patients with personalized, quality care each and every day. You can find out more about our wonderful hygienists here. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how our Dallas, TX, patients can improve their dental hygiene.

Practice Good Homecare

In order to reduce the risk of cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease, you need to be practicing good homecare. We recommend people of all ages brush their teeth twice each day, first thing in the morning and again before going to bed. Each session should last two minutes. We also suggest flossing every night before going to sleep. Doing so removes food particles from on and between the teeth, decreasing the severity of plaque buildup and protecting your smile.

See Us for Checkups and Cleanings

While routine homecare helps limit how much plaque accumulates on the teeth, they cannot remove plaque buildup. Only a dental cleaning can remove the layers of plaque and tartar from the teeth. When you undergo a cleaning, we remove the bacterial byproduct and help prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. You should have a cleaning every six months, whether you’re a child or an adult.

Use Your Benefits Before You Lose Them!

Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit! Before you know it, the holiday season will be here and finding time to see the dentist becomes more difficult. If you schedule a visit today, then we can provide treatment and you can use your 2018 benefits before they expire at the end of December. If we decide on a treatment plan, we can then resume care once your 2019 benefits become available.

Do You Have Questions About Practicing Good Dental Hygiene?

We’re ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral hygiene. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).