Your oral health is something that takes work. By consistently tending to your teeth and gums, you can keep them healthy throughout your lifetime. It doesn’t take a ton of effort each day, it’s about consistency. Having a dental care routine can help you consistently clean and monitor your teeth, preserving them for the future. That care routine should include daily cleaning steps that you take at home. It should also include visits to your dentist every six months. If you have young children in the house, setting a good example can help them build healthy habits for their teeth that last throughout their lifetimes as well.

What’s Your Daily Home Dental Care Routine?

Do you have a daily care routine at home? For most, it involves brushing twice per day — once in the morning and once before bed. This is a great place to start. If you aren’t already consistently hitting this benchmark, try setting calendar reminders or alarms for yourself. If you’re already consistently brushing, it’s time to start flossing. You may have tried to add flossing to the routine before. Set a goal for yourself to floss every day for a month. If you can keep up with this goal, the habit will be likely to stick and you won’t have to think about it so much anymore.

In Addition to a Home Care Routine, You Need Dental Checkups

Although your dental checkups aren’t nearly as frequent as your daily cleanings, they’re still part of a routine. You should be visiting your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months. During these visits, your dentist can professionally clean your teeth and alert you to any areas you may be missing at home. Your dentist can also examine your teeth for developing cavities, signs of gum disease, and structural issues. These examinations can give you confidence as you clean your teeth between visits.

Set Your Children Up for Success at Home

Your child’s oral healthcare starts as soon as their first teeth appear. Brushing your child’s teeth, and eventually teaching them how to brush thoroughly, are a part of proper home care. Emphasizing the importance of keeping clean, healthy teeth at an early age can set your child up for a lifetime of strong oral health. If your child is in the habit of brushing twice per day and flossing daily, they’ll be much more likely to continue the routine after they leave the house. Your child should be making biannual visits to the dentist as well.

Add Silver Smiles to Your Dental Care Routine

Silver Smiles provides dental care to patients of all ages. If it’s been six months since your last visit, be sure to schedule an appointment right away. Silver Smiles provides comfortable care in a conscientious environment. We are taking extra cleaning steps and limiting capacity at our office to ensure patients and staff remain safe during the pandemic. If you are feeling any symptoms on the day of your appointment, we kindly ask you to reschedule. You can make an appointment at Silver Smiles by contacting our Silver City, NM dental office at 575-534-3699.