The health and appearance of your smile is important to you. To protect your teeth and gums from damage, it is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. In addition to your oral hygiene at home, you also need a professional cleaning twice a year. Unfortunately, the American Dental Association has found major shortcomings in most American’s oral hygiene habits. Most people are not brushing or flossing enough, making it even more important than ever to have a professional cleaning twice a year. While you may believe that you must visit your dentist for dental cleanings in Jacksonville, your prosthodontist can save you a trip to your hygienist. Not only will they clean your teeth, but your dentures as well.
Why Do I Need a Cleaning?
To remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from your mouth, it is recommended that you brush all surfaces of your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 4 out of 10 Americans brush their teeth twice each day. In addition, most people do not brush long enough. In fact, the average person only brushes for one minute and fifty-two seconds.
Even with the proper brushing habits, there are still areas in your mouth where your toothbrush cannot reach, which is why flossing is important. Flossing cleans in between the teeth and around the gum lines, helping to protect against tooth decay. Unfortunately, only 4 out of 10 Americans floss daily while another 20% never floss. With 50% of adults in the United States having a form of gum disease, it is vital to floss daily.
Although your home oral hygiene habits are your first line of defense against preventable issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, it is only half of the care you need. You also need to have your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year. They can clean areas that you cannot reach at home, like below the gum line.
In addition to cleaning your natural teeth, it is important to take the time to clean your dental prosthetics as well, like partials and dentures in Jacksonville. Every day, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your dentures and soak them every night in a cleaning solution. Not only should you care for them at home, but also visit your prosthodontist regularly for maintenance, adjustments, and repairs.
Protect Your Smile with a Cleaning
If you wear dentures or partials, you can save time and money by having your semi-annual cleaning performed by your prosthodontist. They offer the services you need to keep your smile healthy and functional.
About Dr. Kathryn Ryan
Dr. Kathryn Ryan strives to provide comfortable care for her patients who need general and specialty services. In addition to preventive care, like cleanings and checkups, she also offers tooth replacement options, like dentures. No matter if you need to replace missing teeth or a preventive appointment, our team at Parkway Prosthodontics has the services you need for optimal oral health. If you need a cleaning or checkup, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.