Our ultimate goal in caring for patients is that they’ll have a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Your oral home care is crucial in ensuring your long-term oral wellness. It’s about more than just brushing your teeth regularly. You also need to eat balanced meals that provide your body the nutrients it needs and reduce the number of snacks you eat in a day.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with an American Dental Association approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothbrushes that meet the ADA standards have soft bristles. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles show wear.
An electric toothbrush makes it easier to clean your teeth. Just be sure you’re still replacing the brush head regularly and putting new batteries in it when it starts to slow down.
Your toothbrush can only reach so far between your teeth. Flossing helps remove debris from between the teeth while also getting under the gumline. A great benefit of flossing is that it prevents plaque colonies from building. This reduces the likelihood of gum damage, tooth decay and bone loss.
After you’ve brushed your teeth, rinse your mouth with water. You should also rinse your mouth with water after eating a meal or snack if you are unable to brush your teeth right away. This will help remove food debris.
You can use an over-the-counter mouth rinse but be sure to discuss it with your dentist first. Each mouth rinse has different use cases.