If you haven’t seen your dentist for a while, it’s time to schedule dental checkups for you and your entire family.
Your dentist in Delray Beach, Dr. George Sanchez is dedicated to healthy beautiful smiles and understands how important oral health is to overall health.
According to research, there is a direct connection between oral and overall health. In fact, people with heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have more gum disease than people who don’t. That’s why oral hygiene is vital to teeth, gums, and the rest of your body.
Dental Checkups and Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing Your Teeth
Dr. George Sanchez explains that good oral hygiene starts with education. You may have been brushing for years, but are you sure you are doing it the right way.
As a reminder, brush for two minutes twice a day. If you have problems keeping track, set a timer or play your favorite song. Do not forget to replace your toothbrush every three months or when the brush starts to fray. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue as well.
Asking for help when it comes to oral hygiene during dental checkups is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, Dr. George and his team are always happy to give you a brush up, yes pun intended, when it comes to brushing, and the same goes for flossing during dental checkups.
Flossing is an Art Form
Most people are not flossing the right way. Your Delray Beach dentist says to use about 18 to 22 inches of floss. Wind the floss around your middle fingers, floss around each tooth with your index finger, and thumb.
Be careful not to scratch your gums when curving the floss around each tooth in a C shape. Flossing too aggressively could bruise or harm your gums. If your gums bleed when you floss, call Dr. George immediately as it could be a sign of gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease.
Floss teeth at least once each day or more so if you have something stuck in between your teeth.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Most people forget that a healthy diet is just as important for your mouth as it is for the rest of your body. Eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies. Keep sugar to a minimum and drink lots of water.
Regular Dental Checkups in Delray Beach
One of the most important parts of good oral hygiene is regular dental checkups with your Delray Beach dentist.
Dr. George and his team often see signs of something more sinister during dental checkups. In fact, dentists are usually the first to spot something unusual when it comes to the early stages of oral cancer.
If you haven’t seen your Delray Beach dentist for some time, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. George Sanchez today.