I’m not lying when I say I love getting my teeth cleaned…. Professionally! Choosing which flavored polish - orange, bubblegum, strawberry – to scrub my teeth and taste at the end of my dental visit brings me back to childhood, when I was the minority of dentist-lovers. But in adulthood my local downtown Los Angeles dentist isn’t there nightly to ask which flavor to clean my teeth with. After parties, long homework assignments, or just a regular work shift I sometimes just don’t feel like cleaning my teeth. I only want to crash in bed and pray I don’t wake up with plaque buildup.
The reason why dental checkups are appointed every 6 months is because plaque builds up in that time span and can harden into tartar, a harder mineral composition that is not easy to brush off. Your downtown Los Angeles dentist has the tools to remove tartar effectively, so don’t think you can do it at home with a sterilized safety pin.
For at-home teeth cleaning the only tools you require are: a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. These powers combined prevent most dental problems. If you already suffer from tooth decay, bad breath, or bleeding gums, consult your downtown Los Angeles dentist. And just because your bathroom mirror doesn’t reveal problems in your mouth, if it’s been over a year since visiting the professional tooth cleaner, your dentist may recommend getting an x-ray of your teeth just to monitor your teeth’s health.
Above all, cleaning your teeth at home is effective and cheap. You only need to visit the dentist twice a year to get a free tooth brush and floss. Consider your visits and investment on saving your teeth and money in the future. And best of all, you get a free tooth brush out of it!