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By Geary Dentistry
August 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is completely necessary to fending off tooth decay and gum disease and keeping your smile healthy and preventative dentistryclean. But is your daily dental routine up to par? With help from Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, you can learn the best practices for keeping up with your oral hygiene and understand the importance of these daily tasks.

How should I care for my teeth daily? 
Caring for your teeth properly can take as little as 10 minutes a day. All you need is an American Dental Association-approved soft toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. You can find the ADA seal of approval on the packaging. Simply brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride-containing toothpaste. After brushing, floss between each tooth. Try to use a new strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to lower the risk of bacteria transfer from tooth to tooth. Replace your toothbrush as soon as it begins showing signs of wear or after about three months.

How often should I see my dentist?
Caring for your teeth at home is only one-half of a good oral care routine. Regardless of age or existing risk factors, the American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year for preventative examinations and cleanings. These appointments will take care of dental issues like tooth decay in their earliest stages before they require more advanced and invasive procedures. Additionally, regular cleanings help keep bacteria and plaque off the teeth altogether, preventing decay from ever reaching the cavity stage in the first place.

Preventative Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Brookfield, WI
Some individuals with a higher risk of tooth decay or gum disease may need to add some extra steps into their daily oral care routine or see their dentist more often than every six months. Ask your dentist about finding the best oral care plan for you and your smile.

For more information on your oral care routine or preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI. Call (262) 860-1500 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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