Home Care

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Home Care

The ultimate goal of dentistry is a healthy and beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Between dental visits, your home care regime plays and crucial role in meeting that goal. Home care starts by eating a proper, balanced diet, reducing snacking and using available dental aids to keep plaque and bacteria under control to reduce or eliminate dental disease.

Proper home care includes:
  • Tooth brushing: It is important to brush teeth at least twice each day, most critically before going to bed. Use an ADA-approved brush with soft bristles and a fluoride-free toothpaste.
    • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and brush gently with small, circular motions, making sure that you always feel the bristles brushing against the gums for maximum effect.
    • Make sure to brush the biting surfaces of each tooth as well as the inner and outer surfaces.
    • Clean the inside of the front teeth carefully using the tip of your toothbrush.
    • Brush your tongue thoroughly to freshen breath by removing bacteria.
    • We recommend using an electric toothbrush. These devices are fun and easy to use and effectively remove plaque. To use one, place the bristles on your teeth and gums and let the toothbrush do the work on several teeth at a time.
  • Flossing: Flossing every day is a simple way to clean between your teeth and under the gum line. In addition to cleaning these areas, it also disrupts colonies of plaque and therefore helps prevent damage to gums, teeth and bone.
    • Simply wrap 12 to 16 inches of dental floss around your middle fingers leaving about 2 inches between your fingers.
    • With your forefingers and thumbs serving as a guide, carefully insert the floss between teeth with a sawing motion.
    • Form the floss into a c-shape and go around each tooth and under the gum line.
    • Move gentle up and down with the floss, carefully cleaning the side of every tooth.
    • If conventional floss is difficult for you to use, consider floss holders.
  • Rinsing: After brushing, it is essential to rinse your mouth out with water. You should also rinse after meals when you are unable to brush. If you use an over-the-counter mouthwash for rinsing, it is an intelligent idea to talk to your dentist or hygienist and make sure it is appropriate to your needs.
  • Use dental aids that your dentist recommends for you, including rubber tip stimulators, interdental brushes, tongue cleaners, medicated rinses, irrigations devices and more. They can all play an important role in good home care.


if you have questions about your dental health, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS.