Good oral hygiene involves not only caring for your teeth and gums at home but also allowing a professional dentist to use x-rays, professional cleaning, and any treatments necessary to keep your teeth healthy for decades to come. Here’s what you need to know about oral hygiene.
Why Is Good Oral Hygiene Important?
Keeping your teeth clean is one of the biggest steps you can take towards fighting off the pathogenic bacteria that feed on the sugars and starches in your food. If you don’t successfully fight them off, these bacteria can cause problems such as:
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
- Tonsil stones
- Plaque and tartar buildup
As you can see, the pathogenic bacteria in your mouth are the author of many common oral health issues.
What Are the Steps of Daily Oral Hygiene?
When you’re caring for your teeth at home, here’s what your routine should look like this:
- Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue (or use a tongue cleaner)
- Spit the toothpaste out, wait a few minutes for the fluoride to work, then rinse
- Floss gently either before or after brushing, at least once per day
These steps will help you keep your teeth squeaky-clean between dental cleaning appointments.
What Should You Expect at Your Appointment?
At your first appointment, you’ll either need to bring your new patient paperwork in with you or fill it out after you arrive. Then, after we show you around the facility, it will be time for your cleaning, x-rays, and exam.
After assessing the state of your teeth, Dr. Gekht will help you come up with a workable plan, including a treatment plan for any fillings or other treatments you may need. You can also ask any questions you have about your dental health at this point.
How Much Does It Cost?
We do our best to make dental health accessible to our patients. For example, for your first visit, we offer a special $95 price for $322 worth of services. This includes:
- Routine dental cleaning to remove tartar and plaque from your enamel
- A set of x-rays to help check for issues such as cavities or impacted wisdom teeth
- A complete professional dental exam by Dr. Gekht
At Simply Smiles, we also provide additional financing options for patients who are on a tight budget. Both Prosper Healthcare Lending and CareCredit options are available.
Are you interested in letting Simply Smiles provide your professional dental care? Contact us today to learn more.