December 8, 2018
It may seem like no big deal to skip your home care routine every now and then. Especially when you’ve had a long, hectic day and you’re tired. However, sticking to your dental habits is very important for achieving optimum oral health and protecting your overall health and well-being. Your dentist in Fremont shares which habits you should never miss.
Brushing Before Bed
It’s a no brainer to brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning; however, brushing before bed is easier to overlook, especially if you’ve had a long day. The reason that brushing at night is so important is because it removes all the bacteria that is in your mouth from the meals you’ve eaten. Otherwise, the bacteria will turn into plaque that sits on your teeth and breaks your enamel down.
If you have trouble fitting brushing in before bed, try getting to bed earlier, which will not only give you more time to brush before bed, but also benefit your overall health in many other ways. Or, keep a toothbrush on your nightstand and brush quickly as you lie down.
Flossing Once a Day
Flossing is actually a very simple routine that many people skip because they feel it’s time consuming. However, the benefits that flossing your teeth provides far outweighs the consequences of not.
Flossing once a day helps to remove the plaque and bacteria buildup that sits in between your teeth. Removing this plaque protects against cavities and bad breath. Yes – you can actually get cavities in between your teeth.
To add flossing into your nightly routine, start by committing to at least one day a week. Then slowly add days as it becomes a habit.
Routine Dental Visits
Visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup is critical not only for your oral health, but also your overall health and well-being. Studies over the years have shown a direct correlation between your oral health and other concerns in the body such as heart disease and diabetes. Your dentist screens for periodontal disease as well as other issues like tooth decay during every routine examination. Early detection of these concerns gives you the best chance of successfully treating them.
If you have dental insurance, your preventive visits are typically covered, which means that there will be little to no out-of-pocket cost for your six month appointments. If you don’t have dental insurance, talk with your dentist’s treatment coordinator for some helpful tips on comfortably fitting the dentistry you need into your budget.
Contact your dentist in Fremont today to schedule your next visit.
About James Block Dentistry
Dr. James Block is a native of Fremont, CA and a third generation dentist, following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. Not to mention, he has also been serving patients in Fremont for nearly 30 years. If you are looking for comprehensive, yet comfortable dentistry delivered in a friendly manner, look no further than James Block Dentistry.
If you would like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached by calling 510-793-0801 or online.
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