If you’ve ever been to the dentist (we hope you have), you’ve heard it time and time again…”Have you been flossing regularly?” While it may seem like beating a dead horse, we only stress flossing and oral hygiene so much because it really is the most important factor when it comes to your oral health.
Here’s some advice straight from the oral health professionals at Crystal River Dental on how to keep your mouth clean and healthy at home:
1. Brush at least twice a day,
ideally after eating or drinking. We recommend an electric toothbrush (Sonicare® is most recommended by dentists). Make sure to reach all the way to the back and brush the tongue.
2. Floss every day,
before your nightly brushing to remove plaque between teeth. Floss first, then brush to remove particles left behind.
3. Rinse with mouth wash daily
after you brush to kill more germs and bacteria, prevent gum disease, and promote fresh breath.
4. Rinse with water after eating and drinking
(when brushing is not available) to reduce plaque and decay by minimizing the time sugar and acid have in contact with your teeth.
5. Eat a healthy balanced diet.
A healthy diet for your teeth is similar to a healthy diet for your body. You should minimize sugar intake and highly acidic foods and drinks.
While we’re sure you’re doing your best at following our oral homecare tips above, you still need to visit your Waupaca dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Our hygiene team has the tools and expertise to get into those hard-to-reach places and remove any plaque or tartar you’ve left behind. Not to mention a gentle, caring touch that will leave you with that fresh-from-the-dentist clean feeling, without the sore gums.