Dental Hygiene in Northern Virginia, VA
Routine Dental Hygiene from our Northern Virginia Dentists.
Regular dental hygiene helps improve both your oral and physical health. It’s also essential for an attractive smile. The staff at Dental Associates of Northern Virginia provide regular dental cleanings and preventive care to keep both your smile and your health glowing. We’ll also offer you tips so that you can practice better oral hygiene at home.
Let our professionals improve the health of your gums and teeth by helping you avoid common problems like tooth decay. Our effective, affordable, and convenient dental hygiene solutions make it easy.
Floss makes gloss.
You may already know that routine brushing after meals and regular cleanings by a professional dental hygienist will keep your smile glowing. You may, however, neglect the third essential ingredient for a healthier mouth. Regular flossing is one of the best ways to protect your teeth and ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Flossing daily prevents plaque from building up between teeth. If left alone, the plaque will harden and turn into tartar, which requires professional removal. By flossing regularly at home, you’ll avoid unnecessary time in the dentist’s chair.
Plaque leads to tartar, which leads to gingivitis.
Once tartar begins to accumulate between teeth, your gum tissue swells and eventually bleeds. At its worst, tartar leads to gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Although brushing removes some plaque, it doesn’t effectively reach between the teeth. To completely rid your teeth of plaque, you need to use dental floss or an interdental cleaner on a daily basis. Either can be an effective method for removing food particles that lead to plaque, tooth decay, and eventually, gum disease.
How to choose your floss.
Almost all types of floss are effective at removing the food particles that cause plaque. Whether you choose a mint-flavored floss or one that’s coated with wax to make it easier to insert between teeth, the choice is really up to you. The important point is to use whichever floss you choose regularly—preferably at least once a day.
Use of interdental cleaners.
These plastic or wood devices help remove food debris between teeth. Some have tiny brushes attached. If you prefer an interdental cleaner rather than floss, look for one that is approved by the ADA. The package should display the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Floss before or after brushing?
Either is acceptable. Some people prefer to loosen food debris before brushing. Others brush first and finish with a good flossing. As long as you’re flossing regularly, either way should be effective. Just make sure you do both. Flossing or brushing alone can’t completely eliminate plaque. Your best decay defense is to brush and floss, then follow with a good rinse. The rinse flushes any leftover bacteria from your mouth.
For your health’s sake, never re-use previously used floss. It’s better not to floss at all than to risk transferring discarded food particles and bacteria back onto your teeth.
Best time of day for flossing.
Whether you’re a morning floss person or before-bed type really doesn’t matter as long as you floss regularly. Better still, why not floss both before bed and first thing in the morning to keep your mouth squeaky clean and debris-free?