Sadly we can’t take out dentists home with us after eery appointment so this requires some home maintenance. So at some point, you will have to start practicing solid dental care habits at home in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is important to know that the more consistent and disciplined the habits, the better off you’ll be.
Two of the most common questions we receive at Smiles For Health are:
- What home treatments can I do to ensure the best teeth and gum health?
- As a dentist what at-home dental care practices do you use?
We know how important it is for individuals and families to keep their smiles looking great year-round. Aside from regular dental appointments at Smiles For Health, there are some critical home care techniques you can do today to keep those pearly whites whiter than ever!
Practical and Easy Dental Care for Healthy Teeth and Gums Start at Home:
We all hate when the dentist gets onto us about our dental care. You want to impress your dentist and ensure excellent oral health. Well, just like everything else worthwhile, it can take a bit of effort. By making a small commitment to oral health you can help to pay big dividends down the road.
Tooth decay impacts roughly 90% of the American adult population. This one statistic that you certainly don’t want to be part of. Sadly when this many people are afflicted with tooth decay, it probably makes sense to do whatever they’re NOT doing.
So it comes down to proper at-home dental care, this means that not enough people take the time to care for their teeth and gums at home.
We have provided you with some tips and tricks.
- Brushing regularly and often: While many will brush everyday, they just aren’t brushing enough. You should be brushing at least twice per day. If you’re able to squeeze in a lunchtime brush, then that is even better.
- Brushing Properly: Just because you brush everyday and several times a day doesn’t mean you are in the clear. Brushing isn’t just about quantity (the number of times you brush) but it is also about quality of how you brush. You want to brush with a gentle, circular motion all over the teeth and along the gum line. This will help to remove any pesky plaque that often leads to tooth decay and gingivitis.
- FLOSS! FLOSS! FLOSS! Everyone has been scolded by their dentist on the amount that they floss. Well that is because it is very important. Flossing is like the hidden tool in your tooth care toolbox that will really improve your oral health. Use a waxy, smooth floss at least once every day to get to food particles, plaque, and other substances your brush can’t reach.
- Use an Antiseptic Mouthwash: A major contributor to tooth decay is bacteria. In order to minimize the bacteria buildup in your mouth, you will need to use an antiseptic mouthwash. You should make it a habit to rinse at least every time you floss or brush.
- Drinking Water and Watching What You Eat: You need to make sure you are consuming water and getting more H2O into your system. Water is the most mouth-friendly beverage by far. It’s also wise to cut down on the sugar and processed carbohydrates, as these can be harmful to teeth.
By performing these you’ll be amazed at how much healthier your mouth looks and feels:
To supplement your at-home dental care, visit your dentist for regular checkups. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zorro today-Come in today so we can assess your teeth and help you get ahead of your oral care. Also ask us about our teeth whitening services!