Home Care – Proper
Dental visits are important, but it’s equally important to maintain excellent oral hygiene each day at home. This means properly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth. Doing this regularly will keep your mouth healthy and free from unwanted dental problems. Refresh your memory on these important oral care practices to ensure that you’re not missing a step when taking care of your mouth.
3 Most Important Parts of Effective Home Care
A wide variety of oral care products are available for fulfilling each of these core functions, but basic versions are often just as effective. It’s more important that proper technique is used. Review each section describing important notes on the home care process.
Brushing – Scrubbing the Teeth Clean
Remember these crucial facts when brushing with a toothbrush:
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle in relation to the teeth.
- Be mindful of brushing each surface of every tooth.
- Brush your tongue to freshen breath and remove bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush once bristles become frayed.
- Remember to brush twice per day for 2 minutes per session.
Flossing – Cleaning out the Spots in Between Teeth
Flossing is important for hitting the spots that can’t be reached by a toothbrush. Brush up on your knowledge of flossing with some tips on proper technique:
- Tear off 12-18 inches of dental floss.
- Guide the floss between teeth with your thumb and forefinger.
- Make sure to curve the floss around every tooth.
- Remember that different types of floss are ideal for different purposes.
- For those who have trouble flossing, water flossers can work well.
Rinsing – Freshening the Mouth with Mouthwash
Dozens of brands of mouthwash are available, but which is best for you? Read these tips and find out!
- There are two main types of mouthwash: Cosmetic and Therapeutic.
- Cosmetic mouthwashes primarily freshen breath and are widely available.
- Therapeutic mouthwashes can kill germs and fight plaque.
- Many therapeutic mouthwashes require a prescription.
- Water makes up over half of most mouthwashes because it removes unwanted particles.
Questions about Home Care? Call Dr. Milsap!
To keep your teeth and mouth clean, it’s vital to follow proper oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis. If you have any questions on these crucial practices, make sure to clear them up soon. Feel free to contact us with any oral care questions you may have.