At Brighton Dental San Diego, we like to think that your efforts and ours are equally important. We know how important your visits here are to your dental and overall health. But we also understand that we can’t maintain your mouth, teeth and gums without your participation. Your home care routine is just as important as the actions we take here in our office.
With the goal of a healthy and great-looking smile and excellent overall health, we hope you’re eating well and using dental devices and aids as necessary to keep plaque and bacteria at bay. Specifically, here are some of the things you can do at home to keep your mouth and body healthy:
Brush regularly. We recommend brushing twice a day, and brushing before going to bed is most important. It’s essential that the brush is soft and ADA-approved and that you use a fluoride-free toothpaste to prevent nasty side effects. Holding the brush at about 45 degrees to your gums, brush in small circles, making sure you can feel the brush against your gums as well as your teeth for the best job. Brush your tongue. Consider using an electric toothbrush for best results.
Floss too. Once a day is usually often enough for flossing, which deals with plaque below the gum line and between your teeth. Flossing is disruptive to plaque colonies and can go a long way toward preventing damage to the gums, teeth and surrounding bone. To floss correctly, wrap about 14 inches of floss around your second fingers leaving only 2 inches exposed between them. Then floss in a sawing motion, pulling the floss into a “c” shape. Make sure you don’t skip any teeth. Floss holders are okay too.
Don’t forget rinsing. In addition to rinsing after brushing and flossing, it really helps to rinse after meals and snacks too. Anytime you can’t brush, consider rinsing; just make sure you’re using a good mouthwash. Talk to Dr. Woods and our team at Brighton Dental here in San Diego to make sure you’re using the right rinse. A mouthwash can eliminate food particle and bacteria, stopping plaque and tartar before it starts. When done regularly along with brushing and flossing, you can keep your teeth cleaner and prevent a world of problems down the road.
Use other recommended devices. After you’ve consulted with us, we may recommend other dental devices, aids or products. These could include oxygenated water irrigation devices, rubber-tipped stimulators, interdental brushes, medicated rinses, tongue-cleaning devices and more. Each can play a crucial role in your oral and overall health, and each will be explained to you by Dr. Woods or one of our team members if it’s recommended to you. There are other devices we may recommend on a case-by-case basis as well.
Remember, it’s not just your teeth and gums we’re trying to protect. Dental health issues are entwined with your overall health in many ways, and keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is an important way to have a positive impact on your overall health. Similarly, any health issues you have can cause problems in the mouth, and you must take care – diligent care every day – to keep any problems at bay as long as possible.
In your dental and overall health, we’re partners. Our services complement home care to form an overall program that can make a real difference for you.
To learn more about this topic, please see the Home Care page on this website. If you need a professional oral health evaluation and teeth cleaning, contact us at Brighton Dental San Diego. We’re here for you.