Educating patients on proper oral care is a goal for your local dental clinic. With an estimated 30% of Americans who do not brush as often as recommended and 60% who do not floss regularly, patient education is a crucial part of general dentistry needs. Located in Covington, GA, Dr. Carrington and the staff at Smile Creations take time to instruct patients on proper oral health care.
Oral hygiene tips
Maintaining a good oral health regimen is necessary for a healthy smile. Dental care requires a team made up of the patient, hygienist, and dentist. As the patient, your role is to follow proper oral habits.
Basic oral hygiene tips include:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice per day
- Flossing daily
- Rinsing with mouthwash or using an oral irrigator
- Replacing your toothbrush or brush head every three to six months
- Visiting the dentist for examinations twice per year or as recommended
Routine dental visits are part of the joint effort in maintaining your oral health. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and polished. The hygienist cleans your teeth with special instruments to remove plaque and tartar that may have built up, especially in hard to reach areas.
The dentist then does a point-by-point visual and manual assessment looking for issues such as decay or signs of gum disease. Diagnostic imaging is used to check the structures of your mouth. These images show problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. If you are experiencing problems such as pain or sensitivity, it is important to discuss your concerns with the dentist now. Addressing problems early enables us to use conservative treatment options. Routine dental exams help preserve the health and integrity of the oral cavity.
Our goal is to give you a healthy smile with services that prevent, restore, and protect your teeth and gums. Contact Smile Creations where your smile is created beautifully. To schedule an appointment, call (770) 786-2754.