The preventive dental care measures you do at home significantly impact your overall dental health, but they also contribute to the health of your body. There have been many studies in the medical field which link the bacteria which causes gum disease to other health issues, especially heart problems. Also, the more active you are about caring for your teeth, the less likely you are to lose them. Maintaining a full healthy set of teeth insures that you can eat and properly chew a healthy diet, which definitely improves your overall health. So make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth at home, as well as keeping up with your routine preventive care at the dentist.
Our hygienists are excellent at not only demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques, but at addressing your individual home care concerns. Not everyone has the same issues when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums. During your visit with our hygienists you will be informed of any areas which require additional attention. As well as, specific tips and recommendations for how to handle these issues. Chelsee and Amy (our hygienists) are extremely helpful in this regard. They will show you other ways to get at hard to reach areas or other home care aids which will make the job easier. We regularly hear comments from patients like, “I never thought of that,” or “that is going to make flossing so much easier.” We want you to succeed in your home care efforts and we are here to help you do just that.
Below are the basic dental home care steps you should be taking or scroll down to watch our videos on home care:
- Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled brush (or electric toothbrush) at least 2-3 times per day. If it is possible to do so after every meal, that is certainly better.
- Floss all your teeth daily – preferably before you go to bed.
- Eat Healthy! Avoid excessive soft drinks, juices, wines, teas, coffees, etc to reduce staining and limit sugar intact or be sure to brush and floss after large consumption of sugary foods.
- Stay on a regular preventive care schedule at your dental office – at least once every 6 months, unless it is recommend for you to return more frequently for cleanings.
Another important tip, is to pay attention to any areas that are catching foods, teeth which are sensitive from time to time, or any other minor dental concerns – then bring up these issues at your routine visits. The more information you can provide about your condition, the more help we can offer you in eliminating these problems.
If you ever have home care questions between your visits, email our hygienists from the Meet Our Staff page and they will be happy to assist you.