Find out how good dental hygiene habits can improve the appearance and health of the smile
Taking care of the smile more proactively is the best way to prevent common dental issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Dr. Richard J. Koeltl and his team at RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS in Danville, California, encourage patients to be mindful of daily oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing their teeth at home.
What are four good oral hygiene recommendations from the team at RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS?
- Brush your teeth after every meal. Brushing the teeth is the first step in maintaining a healthy smile. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste to clean the teeth thoroughly, focusing on hard-to-reach areas. If you need prescription toothpaste or specialized mouthwash, these can be obtained by our team at RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS
- Floss daily. Regular flossing removes food particles and plaque buildup from between the teeth, which a toothbrush typically cannot properly reach. If you have trouble flossing because of crooked or misaligned teeth, it may be time to talk to Dr. Richard J. Koeltl about treatments available to straighten the teeth to improve oral hygiene
- Call the dentist when problems or changes occur. If you notice any changes in your smile, such as pain or sensitivity, bleeding gums, or tooth discoloration, call Dr. Richard J. Koeltl of RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS immediately. Making an appointment will allow our dental team to diagnose and treat the issue before it progresses into a more serious condition, such as periodontal disease or tooth decay
- Visit your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. Visiting the dentist regularly is integral to preventative care and maintaining good oral health. During checkups and cleanings, the dental hygienist and dentist can detect any developing issues and recommend treatments to keep your smile healthy. The American Dental Association strongly encourages patients of all ages to visit their dentist at least every six months or more if managing a condition such as periodontal disease. Your team can educate you on when you need to make your next appointment based on the condition of your oral health and wellness
Request time to speak to our team at RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS
If you reside in or around the community of Danville, CA, and want to start working with our team of providers at RK Dentistry, Richard J. Koeltl, DDS, call 925-732-5516 to request time to see our team.