Practicing good oral hygiene at home is important for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. No treatment will be effective unless you follow it up with routine and proper home care. This means you should brush and floss regularly after every meal and at a minimum twice a day. The key is not only to do it regularly but also to do it right.

Home dental care should include the following:

Brushing

Many people these days use an electric toothbrush such as a Sonicare. Whether you use an electric or still prefer a manual brush you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Gently but thoroughly rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward motion. Be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you bite or chew on food. Your tongue can also be cleaned with your toothbrush, which will help reduce bad breath. Lastly it is important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.

When brushing, it is important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, which will prevent cavities and also reduce bacteria in the mouth. It can also reverse the formation of smaller cavities.

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Flossing

To properly floss you should wind the floss around both of your index fingers and push it between each of your teeth in your mouth. Make sure to freely move the floss upwards, downwards and even sideways to remove any food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under the gums.

Clean between teeth daily with floss. Decay causing bacteria lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles cant reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Diet

Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

Dental Checkup

Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Oral Rinses

Lastly, antibacterial rinses can also help reduce bacteria in the mouth. Please check with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have any additional questions.

 

Your dentist can also recommend specific oral care products that are the most effective for you. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush will not clean your teeth well. Children’s toothbrushes should be replaced more frequently than adults as they tend to wear out sooner.