Dr. Robert E. Christensen is committed to helping his patients maintain superior oral health. Through his passion to provide comprehensive dental care, he is a proud supporter of National Dental Hygiene Month. October is dedicated as National Dental Hygiene Month to promote the importance of oral hygiene through patient awareness and education. Now in its seventh year, Dr. Christensen is proud to help raise awareness about the importance of home oral care and semi-annual appointments for a dental checkup and a dental cleaning in Midland. This month, Dr. Christensen invites you to develop a renewed commitment to your oral health with proper oral hygiene.
Make Your Oral Health a Priority
Your smile is an important part of how you feel about yourself. Healthy, attractive teeth cause you to feel confident about your smile. However, your smile plays a much larger role in your health. Healthy teeth are vital to proper oral function, which impact your quality of life. Not to mention, your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. If your smile becomes impacted by gum disease, your oral hygiene can impact your health as well, with complications such as heart disease. To protect your confidence, oral health, and your overall health and well-being, make your oral health a priority.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Begin a new commitment to brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved toothpaste. Brushing is important for removing plaque, tarter, and food particles from the teeth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. To brush properly, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle back and forth strokes to clean the teeth. Do not forget to brush all surfaces of the teeth and the tongue. The tongue is important because it contributes in large part to bad breath if not cleaned properly.
Floss Your Teeth Daily
In addition to brushing your teeth, you should also floss your teeth once a day. Brushing does not remove trapped plaque and bacteria from between the teeth or the gum lines that can lead to gum disease. Use an ADA-approved floss with a length of about 18 inches. Gently insert the floss between two teeth. Then, form a “C” shape around the tooth and slide the floss down to the gum line and back up to the crown of the tooth. Repeat this process for each tooth. Although there have been some recent statistics which declare that flossing is unnecessary, common sense dictates that removing stuck particles from between your teeth is important for good dental hygiene.
Visit Your Dentist Twice Year
Your home oral hygiene habits are only a portion of your preventive care. Visit your dentist, Dr. Christensen in Midland at 79701, twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. He and his hygiene team will work hard to remove the plaque and tarter accumulations left behind from brushing. In addition, a comprehensive examination will be performed to treat any dental problems that have developed. You will leave his office with that wonderful feeling of freshly cleaned teeth!
Your Dentist for a Healthy Smile
It is never too late to make your oral health a top priority. With October being National Dental Hygiene Month, now is the perfect time to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime. If you are in need of a dental checkup or cleaning, contact Dr. Christensen today to schedule an appointment.