With proper care at home and at the dentist, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease.
Your dental care extends far beyond the office and into your home each and every day. In fact, what you do at home is crucial for how well you do at preventative care appointments. If you continually care for your teeth, they will be more likely to last a lifetime and you will experience fewer dental-related problems than someone who does not practice proper dental home care.
What is important for proper home dental care?
It is crucial that no matter how good you do at home care, you still come in to see us here at One Fine Smile every six months. However, your home care is essential in preventing future problems from developing because you are properly cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, tartar and food particles. It is important that when you are taking care of your teeth at home, you’re devoting at least two minutes twice a day to brushing and a little time to flossing. Flossing often gets ignored because of the fact that a lot of people think it is unnecessary. However, it is vitally important to floss as this helps to remove plaque and food particles stuck between teeth.
What is involved with dental Home Care?
There are several steps that are important to overall dental care when done in the home. The most vital steps include:
- Brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day
- Using a good-quality toothbrush, preferably an electric toothbrush
- Flossing once a day
- Using mouthwash to remove excess bacteria
- Brushing your tongue
Why it's important to still come into the dentist
Just because you’re taking very good care of your teeth at home doesn’t mean that your bi-annual appointments should be ignored. In most cases, even the best at-home care can’t prevent every problem and a routine dental exam and series of x-rays will help to detect if there is anything wrong that needs to be addressed. Our doctors can work with you on a routine schedule to keep your teeth looking their best. We are committed to helping you receive the best dental care possible and we can also help with product recommendations if you are looking to find the best tools and products available to keep your smile bright and healthy. One Fine Smile is here for you so that you can achieve a gorgeous, healthy smile for life.
If you are interested in learning more about your dental care at home, contact us today!