Before leaving your dentist, you’re given specific instructions how to care for your teeth. This may have included brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day. With proper care, your teeth should remain healthy with little to no issues. There are five important tips to follow when it comes to oral care. 

Before leaving your dentist, you’re given specific instructions how to care for your teeth. This may have included brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day. With proper care, your teeth should remain healthy with little to no issues. There are five important tips to follow when it comes to oral care. 

 

Brush your teeth and gums

The goal is to brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing after each meal will rid your teeth of acid and food particles left behind. Brushing removes plaque. Plaque produces bacteria that lingers on your teeth. Failure to remove plaque will result in potential cavities forming. Be sure to brush using a fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, doing so will remove bacteria and give you fresher breath. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months. 

Tips for Flossing

You should floss your teeth once a day, preferably before bed. Flossing removes food and plaque left between your teeth. Floss is used to reach areas your toothbrush cannot. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Any plaque left behind will eventually turn into tartar and will need to be professionally removed by your dental hygienist.  

Rinse with mouthwash

Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash helps kill any bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque, and gum disease. Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride in order to prevent tooth decay. Mouthwash can be used before or after you brush your teeth or after every meal.  

Food Choices

Having good eating habits is important, not just for your dental health but also for your overall health. You want to stay away from foods containing sugar or starches. Those foods are acidic and can do lasting damage to your teeth without proper dental care. Try avoiding sticky, sugary foods that can get stuck in between your teeth.  

Routine Visits

It is important to visit your dentist and dental hygienist every three to six months to ensure you’re maintaining a healthy smile. Regular checkups and professional cleanings. After your cleaning and checkup, your dentist will inspect your teeth and provide you with any feedback he/she may have. 

Have questions about at-home dental care? Call us today at (772)286-1606 and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your dental needs.