The mouth is the gateway to the body, so the benefits of good oral hygiene don’t just stop at your teeth – in addition to maintaining dental health, taking care of your mouth contributes to whole-body wellness and looking good. You have capable teammates at John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA. They are ready to provide qualified assistance with home dental care and professional dental treatment that helps you avoid toothaches and other issues.
The home team
With 24/7/365 access to your teeth, you are definitely the key player in oral hygiene. However, a dental hygienist will be happy to coach you on the best products, equipment, and techniques to keep your mouth clean.
Brush teeth after eating, at bedtime, and in the morning. Use a soft-bristled brush, mild toothpaste, and light pressure. Tiny side-to-side movements dislodge bacteria and plaque at the gumline. A sweeping motion away from gums cleans flat surfaces, and don’t forget to scrub chewing contours. Pull floss in a V-shape, sliding it up and down to clean sides of teeth. Mouth rinse can be beneficial in controlling oral bacteria.
Hydration aids in saliva production, which flushes the mouth every time you swallow. Drink plenty of plain, fresh water. Well-balanced nutrition is also important to dental health.
Professional oral hygiene in Newport Beach, CA
Regular teeth cleaning and exam appointments at John Ravera, DDS are also a must. The hygiene team uses special instruments to see and get to spots you might be missing.
The doctor may also suggest:
- X-rays – A look inside and through oral tissues can reveal a potential problem when it is small and can be managed most efficiently, economically, and comfortably
- Fluoride – Topical varnish or gel is a quick, painless addition to a prophy appointment; the mineral fortifies enamel to fight formation of decay, and by sealing dentin tubules (microscopic channels that reach to nerve centers of teeth), fluoride also reduces sensitivity
- Dental sealants – After teeth cleaning, a clear, BPA-safe plastic is painted onto chewing surfaces of molars, where it flows into pits and grooves, sealing harmful bacteria and acids out
Oral hygiene is crucial at any age. Our hygiene team tailors guidance and treatment, for a winning smile at any stage of life. Call 949-877-3606 to schedule a visit.