Important Dental Care Tips
We can't stress enough the importance of brushing daily, but it is also important that you are brushing properly. Brushing twice daily is advised and brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes is recommended. A soft bristled, small headed brush is to be used and brushing the gumline, chewing surfaces and back teeth is also important. Selecting the right toothpaste plays a role in cleaning the food particles and bacteria forming on the teeth.
Dental flossing is to be done at least once daily. It removes the food and bacteria in between the teeth where brushing alone cannot reach. We will demonstrate the proper flossing technique at every preventative check-up (every 6 months). Floss helps to maintain the gum health and prevent gum decay.
Your tooth brush is to be changed at least once every 3 months. As the bristles wear off a toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. There is also a greater chance of bacterial accumulation in the toothbrush. Make sure to store your toothbrush in a location that it can dry in between use to help prevent bacteria and fungus growth.
Using mouthwash is not the alternative for brushing and flossing, but it is a strong additive which helps to kill bacteria and keep the mouth clean. Select a mouthwash that has both an antibacterial and antiseptic action. Mouthwash can help prevent bad breath and maintain oral hygiene. When selecting a mouthwash for children, select one that does not contain alcohol, as they may accidentally swallow small amounts.
It is important to keep a check on what you eat. Foods high in acid can lead to enamel erosion, while foods high in sugar can be a breeding ground for cavity creating bacteria. Some common foods that you may not expect to e bad for your teeth are fruit, clear pop, raisens, sports drinks and yogurt. Don't avoid these foods all together, but minimize consumption of those that don't have any health benefits and brush BEFORE eating others, while waiting an hour to brush after eating/drinking these.
There are a wide variety of toothpastes on the market. For children, 2 years and older, you should choose a toothpaste that contains flouride and tastes good to encourage healthy brushing habits. Make sure to use a pea-sized amount and that your child spits out the toothpaste instead of swallowing. As adults, that are many great toothpaste products available. We can address your oral hygeine concerns and help you pick out a toothpaste that will fit with your unique dental needs.