We’ve recently covered the importance of a checkup and cleaning, which is crucial for protecting smiles from tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. However, even if you take time to see your Tucson, AZ, dentist every six months, you still need to care for your smile from home. How do we care for our smiles and maintain optimal oral hygiene from the comfort of our home?
Brushing Your Teeth
Let’s talk about brushing your teeth. Did you know each session should last no less than two minutes? Many people who brush do not do so for the recommended amount of time. To reduce the risk of inadvertent damage to tooth enamel, be sure you use a toothbrush, whether manual or electric, with soft bristles. Your toothpaste should bear the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance and contain fluoride, which will help strengthen the outer tooth enamel. You should clean your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed. Remember, this isn’t just for grownups either, children need to begin brushing teeth or having their teeth brushed as soon as the first baby teeth erupt.
Flossing is also essential, as this reaches and removes the food particles stuck between the teeth or just under the gum line. Whether you use a pick, tape, or water flosser, you need to clean between your teeth every night before going to bed. You can also bring a small amount with you each day, so you can discreetly excuse yourself and clean your teeth in the bathroom following each meal. Flossing is necessary for smiles of all ages and a great way to prevent the onset of gingivitis and gum disease.
Better Diet Choices
What we eat and drink impacts far more than just our waistline. For example, foods high in sugar and starch can leave behind particles for harmful bacteria to break down, a process responsible for plaque buildup and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The same goes for drinks high in sugars and acids, such as soda, energy drinks, and yes, even fruit juice and sports drinks. If you have any questions about brushing and flossing, or about your diet, then please contact our team today. We want to work with you and help you enjoy optimal oral health and brighter smiles!
Do You Have Questions About Oral Hygiene?
We want to help you and your family practice better brushing and flossing from home. For more information on preventive homecare, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.