Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Routine checkups and cleanings keep your mouth healthy and your smile happy.

How often should you visit Dr. Barganier and the hygiene team at Goose Creek Dental Care? According to the American Dental Association, you should see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and a cleaning. Come visit us every six months to make sure your mouth stays in top shape. And please remember to plan on spending 45 to 90 minutes for your visits. We know that life can be busy, but it’s always better with a healthy smile!

 What is the best way to keep my mouth healthy between visits to the dentist?

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is every bit as important as seeing your dentist. Here are some tips for staying on top of your dental health at home.

  • Flossing and brushing are the core elements of your home dental hygiene. Make sure to floss and brush at least twice a day, and use fluoride toothpaste to further help prevent tooth decay.
  • Keep an eye out for sugary foods, because they contribute to more oral bacteria and the formation of plaque. It is also best to completely avoid tobacco in all forms, because it can cause everything from stains, to gum disease, to debilitating oral cancer.
  • Do you want fresher breath? Brush your tongue! The bacteria that causes bad breath is headquartered on your tongue so brushing it can help get rid of unpleasant tastes, odor, and halt the formation of plaque.
  • Life can get very busy and priorities are constantly shifting. Don’t let your family’s visits to the dentist slip through the cracks! Schedule routine cleanings and checkups every six months.