Achieving and maintaining optimum oral health truly involves a good partnership with your dental team. Your first line of defense against dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease is your 6-month routine cleaning and checkup. It's also important to understand how you can do your part in protecting your oral health at home. Here is what you should be discussing with your dentist in Lafayette, LA at your next dental visit.
Why Do I Need X-Rays? Are They Safe?
X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that your dentist uses to detect concerns in their earliest stages. Detecting issues early allows you to treat them with less invasive and costly procedures. Drs. Smith and Domingue use digital x-rays, which emit 80% less radiation and are safer for patients and the environment because they require no harsh chemicals for processing. We recommend bite wing x-rays once each year to monitor your oral health and detect any areas of concern.
How Can I Maintain My Oral Health at Home?
Besides consistent brushing twice per day, and flossing at least once per day, there are other steps you can take to ensure optimum home care. This includes:
- Using proper brushing and flossing techniques; consider an electric toothbrush
- Using fluoride products
- Avoiding tobacco products
- Limiting your sugar intake and snacking
- Eating a balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables
Should I Use a Mouth Rinse?
Adding a mouth rinse to your home care routine can be helpful in many ways. It helps to remove food debris and other particles while giving your teeth additional protection against the acids that cause tooth decay. As a bonus, you also get fresh breath! Be sure to consult with your dentist on which products are right for your needs, as not all mouth rinses are effective.
Do You Have More Questions?
Feel free to contact Drs. Smith and Domingue if you have more questions about your oral health, or to schedule your next appointment.