Oral Hygiene 101: Making the Most of Your Next Dental Cleaning

Nobody knows your mouth better than you do. That’s why it’s so important that you take the time to properly prepare for your dental cleaning appointments. What you do on an everyday basis, as well as prior to an appointment, makes the efforts of your dentist and oral hygienists all the more effective. Let’s discuss what you as a patient can do to get ready for and get the most out of your next dental appointment.

Your goal should be to take great care of your teeth to lower the risk of dental problems — and overall time and cost of dental care — over your lifetime. It’s key that you establish good daily oral hygiene habits, as the small actions you take such as brushing or flossing add up to great results.

There are a plethora of useful dental gadgets out there that you can utilize in your daily dental care routine, from electric toothbrushes to water flossing systems. It can be tricky to navigate between all of the products on the dental market, so focus on nailing the following pieces first before expanding to more niche tools.

Dental cleanings and evaluations are a great time to ask Dr. Tamara Levit and Tatiana Norman, our dental hygienist, a specific question you may have about improving your oral health, appearance, and function. Here are some common questions that our patients ask during these routine visits:

  • How can I effectively remove severe staining on my natural tooth enamel?
  • Why am I dealing with localized sensitivity or pain in one or more teeth?
  • How can I address chronic bad breath?
  • Why do I get frequent canker sores, and how can I manage them?
  • What can I do about chronic dry mouth?
  • What products should I be using to improve my oral health?

Patients with large restorations and appliances such as braces or dental bridges, with challenging bites, teeth crowding and other possible intraoral obstacles might need different instruments and techniques to remove as much plaque as possible. Whatever your difficulties are, your dental hygienist will evaluate the problem and customize her recommendations to overcome it.  We will sort and tailor today’s dental hygiene gadgets and gismos to your unique and individual needs to assist you in reaching our mutual goal – lower your risk of dental problems and the cost of dental care over your lifetime.

Whether you are new to the area or are seeking a second opinion on your oral health, now is a great time to connect with our North Bethesda, MD team. The office is conveniently located at 6343 Executive Boulevard and can be reached to schedule a consultation or initial evaluation with our team by calling (301) 770-7878. Dr. Tamara Levit is proud to serve patients throughout the area, including those in the nearby communities of Rockville, Potomac, Forest Glen, and Silver Spring, MD as well as North Virginia.

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