Maintaining good oral health boils down to achieving some fundamental goals. Clean teeth and healthy colored gums along with a fresh smelling breath are all the result of following a routine for proper home care along with a scheduled program of professional exams and cleanings. If your dentist can detect a cavity or the beginning signs of gum disease while still in the early stages the chances for successful treatment and in some cases, a reversal of minimal affliction improve greatly. The best way to assure that kind of outcome is to visit your dentist every six months, at least.

If you have been lax in scheduling regular dental appointments you can make up for it by seeking the help that you need asap. The sooner you do so the better. If you have a tooth that is beyond restoration it’s best to have it extracted and replaced right away, sometimes even in the same appointment. There are so many different methods of replacement available today that most patients can find one that will work for them. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and you can consult with him about the various factors associated with each possibility.

As far as your home care goes it’s important that you brush and floss every day. The way you go about it, however, and the tools that you use also matter. Fluoride is our best weapon in the war against tooth decay. Most toothpastes on the market today are fluoridated but it never hurts to check the label to make sure. Always look for the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). Your toothbrush should have a soft bristle head and you should manipulate it gently in and around each individual tooth in a circular motion.

Your dental hygienist can advise you as to the various dental products, which ones actually live up to their claims and those that don’t. Make your next appointment with Spokane Valley Dentistry today, call the office @ 509-926-6261. We are accepting new patients now.