Maintaining your dental health care is an important part of keeping your smile clean and healthy and avoiding serious dental conditions like tooth decay or gum disease. However, learning the best way to do so may prove to be confusing or difficult. Find out how to best care for your smile with Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy at Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA.
How often should I see my dentist?
Patients who are at average risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist at least once every six months. Regular examinations and cleanings are an important part of your oral health and help catch and treat conditions like cavities, broken teeth or infections quickly and effectively. Children should see their dentist for the first time by the time they reach their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts from beneath their gums, whichever event comes first. They should continue seeing their dentist for examinations twice a year.
How can I keep my smile healthy between dental examinations?
You should brush your teeth at least twice and floss your teeth at least once every day. Avoid hard toothbrushes as they can damage the oral tissues. Use short, back and forth motions to brush all sides of the teeth, including the back side of your last molar. This hard-to-reach area makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so it is important to remember to brush and floss it well.
Regular Dental Cleanings in Milton, MA
Seeing your dentists Drs. John and Patrick Murphy for a regular dental cleaning is a crucial part of your oral health. While your at-home oral care routine will keep bacteria and plaque off your teeth if performed correctly, a professional cleaning removes all instances of plaque and is the only way to remove hardened tartar on the teeth. Average patients should have a professional cleaning at their regular dental examinations every six months.
For more information on maintaining your healthy smile, please contact Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy at Murphy Dental Group in Milton, MA. Call (617) 696-3900 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!