At-Home Dental Hygiene Care in Fayetteville, NC
Taking care of your teeth begins at home. Your oral care routine determines the quality of your dental health. If you struggle to maintain good dental hygiene habits or have questions about protecting your smile against decay and disease, talk to our team at Westlake Family Dentistry. Dr. Mike Choe can provide you with customized tips on how to enhance your at-home dental care.
Home Dental Care Basics
You’ve probably heard that you should be brushing your teeth twice daily, which is a great start to good oral hygiene practices. Here are some other tips that can help you stay on top of your dental health:
– Floss daily. Flossing is something a lot of people neglect, but it’s vital for removing plaque between teeth, preventing gingivitis, and promoting an overall healthier mouth.
– Don’t neglect your tongue. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth to avoid plaque build up.
– Consider using a mouthwash. Not all mouthwash is created equal, so ask Dr. Choe for some recommendations at your next dental appointment.
– Drink water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the sticky and acidic foods and beverages between brushes.
– Never go to bed without brushing your teeth (ever).
Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques
How you brush your teeth is just as important as how often you brush your teeth. Here are some tips to guide you through how to properly brush and floss:
Place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
Move the brush across your teeth using a small circular motion. If you use an electric toothbrush, hold it at the same angle against the teeth and gum line and let it do the work.
Clean one tooth at a time.
Use the same circular motion when cleaning the upper and lower backs of your teeth.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Floss your top teeth first, followed by the bottom teeth.
Place the floss in your mouth and use your index fingers to push floss between teeth. Be gentle — if you push too hard, you can injure your gums.
Floss carefully between each tooth as well as behind the back teeth.
How to Prevent Cavities
With proper brushing and flossing techniques combined with regular dental visits, cavities are rare. However, there are a few things you can do to further help prevent cavities:
– Eat a healthy diet full of vegetables
– Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables to get your jaw moving
– Limit the amount of sugar you consume, both in food and beverage form
– Drink plenty of water
– Quit smoking (if applicable)
Dental Care in Fayetteville, NC
Ready to schedule your routine dental cleaning and exam at Westlake Family Dentistry? When you visit our practice, we’ll review your dental hygiene habits with you and offer needed information on any additional steps you can take to further improve your oral health. Call our office at (910)-864-2944 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Choe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is dental hygiene so important?
Proper dental hygiene goes way beyond having a beautiful smile, although that certainly is a benefit. The health of your mouth can affect the health of your entire body. Heart conditions, chronic inflammation, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications can result from poor dental hygiene.
What should I do in between dental visits to keep my teeth healthy?
To keep your teeth clean and healthy between dental visits, we recommend the following:
– Maintain your brushing and flossing routine
– Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months
– Limit the amount of sugar you’re consuming
– Drink plenty of water
By following these tips, your gums and teeth should remain healthy for years to come.
How often should I floss my teeth?
You should be flossing your teeth daily. Flossing twice per day is ideal, but you’ll see plenty of success from flossing once a day. Since everyone’s dental needs are different, ask Dr. Choe how often you should floss at your next dental visit.