Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

How to Care for Your Teeth Between Preventive Dental Checkups

November 19, 2021
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Posted By: Middletown Dental

Dental checkups in Middletown, NJ are essential to healthy teeth and gums for life. Ideally, this means visiting your dentist every six months for dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings. This is the schedule most recommended by dentists and the American Dental Association.

However, it’s important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy between dental visits. So let’s look at a few tips for optimal at-home care and what happens during your six-month checkup.

At-Home Dental Care Recommendations

Brushing and flossing are essential to your oral care routine, but it’s also important how you brush and floss—and how often.

Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal or at least twice each day to clear bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums.

When brushing, you should use a gentle circular motion that also hits the gumline. And you should spend time on each tooth, hitting all surfaces, including behind teeth.

You should use a fresh piece for each go-through when flossing and never tug or force your floss where teeth are tightly crowded or overlap.

Besides brushing and flossing, it’s essential to take precautions. For example, wear a mouthguard when competing in contact or ball-oriented sports. And talk to your dentist about a nightguard if you grind your teeth.

What Happens During Your Preventive Checkup and Teeth Cleaning in Middletown, NJ?

These comprehensive exams include a checkup, periodic x-rays, and an oral cancer screening. Your dentist will share findings with you and schedule treatments if needed.

Your professional teeth cleaning eliminates built-up tartar and debris to lower your cavity and gum disease risks.

Contact Your Middletown, NJ Dentist Today

Keeping your teeth clean and healthy between dental checkups and cleanings typically means leaving the dental office with a good bill of health—fewer cavities and treatments.

If you would like to arrange a dental visit or establish dental care with our team, give us a call today to get started.  

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