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Improve Your At-Home Dental Care

July 31, 2023 9:26 am

Good dental habits and routine at-home oral hygiene can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Below, we share three ways you can improve your at-home dental care routine:

Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes Each Time

Brushing your teeth twice a day is the most important part of your at-home dental care. However, its benefit is not only derived from its frequency but also about duration and your technique. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush (we recommend an electric toothbrush!) and fluoride toothpaste to gently brush your teeth and your tongue for two minutes each brushing session. Be thorough and take your time to cover all tooth surfaces, including your back teeth and along the gumline. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which removes lingering bacteria and will help freshen your breath.

Floss Every Day

Brushing alone isn’t enough to remove all the plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Flossing is a critical step in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Take about 18 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your fingers, leaving a few inches of floss to work with. Gently slide the floss between your teeth, forming a C-shape around each tooth. Move the floss up and down, making sure to reach both sides of each tooth. If traditional flossing is difficult, floss picks and a water flossers are helpful alternatives.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Mouthwash can be a beneficial addition to your at-home dental care routine. It helps kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Choose a mouthwash that is alcohol-free. Swish the mouthwash around your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then finish with a gargle. Be sure to keep your mouthwash safely out of reach of children!

Lefler Dental Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Smile!

Maintaining good oral health is essential for your overall well-being. At Lefler Dental, our team is here to provide professional dental exams and cleanings and additional tips on how to keep your smile healthy and clean! Please contact our office to learn more about ways to improve your oral health habits.

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