How to Care for Your Teeth at Home
Cleaning your teeth at home is very important in between visits! Ensuring adequate cleaning is a process that takes time and commitment. There are several tools and tips you’ll need to give your efforts the maximum results.
The two obvious tools for brushing your teeth will be a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Many dentists recommend a battery operated or electric toothbrush. The bristles on these toothbrushes are of the correct stiffness. Another benefit to these brushes is the automatic brushing feature that stops you from brushing your teeth too hard and damaging the enamel. After brushing your teeth, finish up with floss to remove food particles and plaque between teeth and around the gum line. Paying attention to the gum line also is a good deterrent for keeping gingivitis at bay. Floss comes in waxed and unwaxed versions depending on preference. The waxed floss tends to slide through teeth easier than the unwaxed. Finish up with a fluoride mouthwash.
Many people will stop their home dental care after brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, but there are other things you can do to take your home care a step further. Dental mirrors, picks, water irrigation systems, and rubber tips take your home care to the next level. Dental tools are readily available on-line, at the drug store or medical supply store for the consumer to buy. Always make sure you purchase new dental tools for each person in your household. Do not use dental tools that someone else has used first. If in doubt that a tool has been used by someone else it’s a good idea to sterilize the tools in boiling water or the dishwasher. When using dental tools, exercise caution. Dr. Matthews and his staff are familiar with the dental tools used in a cleaning. A dental mirror won’t cause damage while you check your teeth for any abnormalities, but using a pick incorrectly might.
At home dental care is important for your oral health. Daily brushing and flossing should be part of your regular oral health care routine; however, it should not be used in place of regular visits to our office. Remember that at home dental care is not as thorough or effective as a professional cleaning, but is to be completed on a daily basis.