How to Maintain
Optimal Oral Health
While regular dental exams and professional cleanings are important, good home care habits are key to maintaining oral health. Most patients only have their teeth cleaned once every six months. What you do between visits is crucial for a healthy smile.
The hygienists at Kids and Grownups Dental in Irving, TX, teach proper brushing and flossing techniques to patients of all ages. Our doctors are happy to explore the importance of home dental care with you and discuss proper hygiene habits.
The Importance of Home Care
Every patient knows about the importance of daily brushing and flossing. But do you know exactly why home care is so vital to oral health?
Every day, plaque, food particles, debris, and biofilm accumulate on the teeth. If you do not routinely remove these deposits from the teeth, it increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Developing an at-home hygiene routine is an essential part of preventing oral health problems.
It is essential to develop an at-home hygiene routine that works for you.
All about Brushing
Patients should brush at least two times every day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of every tooth using back and forth strokes. Be sure not to neglect the gums. To properly combat periodontal disease, the toothbrush should be angled approximately 45 degrees toward the gum line. This will effectively sweep plaque and debris out of the areas where bacteria breed.
Lastly, make sure you brush your tongue. This will remove bacteria and help eradicate bad breath. Patients can also use antibacterial mouthwash afterward to keep their mouths feeling fresh and clean.
At-home hygiene is not intended to replace professional dental care.
All about Flossing
Patients should floss once per day, preferably just before bedtime. To perform this routine properly, use a long piece of floss, approximately 18 to 24 inches in length. After wrapping the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers, pull the floss into a C-shape around one tooth and clean it using up and down motion for approximately seven to 10 repetitions. Next, wrap the floss around the adjacent tooth and repeat.
Be sure you use a brand recommended by your dentist. Avoid ultra-thin floss, as it can actually damage the gum tissue.
Part of Your Oral Health Regimen
It is important to note that brushing and flossing are crucial elements of your complete oral health regimen. However, at-home hygiene is not intended to replace professional dental care. After a hygiene visit, it takes a few months for bacteria levels to repopulate. At this point, brushing and flossing is not enough to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Consequently, routine examinations and cleanings are absolutely essential to oral health. During your hygiene appointments, our team can help you develop an oral care regimen that is geared toward your unique dental needs.
Stay on Top of Your Oral Health
To learn more about brushing, flossing, or other at-home oral health practices, reach out to one of our team members. We are always available to answer any questions you may have. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (972) 255-4164.
"Everyone here is wonderful and friendly. They all do whatever it takes to make it a relaxed, pain-free experience. I highly recommend Dr. Lee and his staff. They are amazing!"- Theresa B.