Protecting your oral health is a team effort! Although it’s important to keep up with your routine dental checkups, your at-home oral care routine is just as crucial to keeping your whole mouth healthy. There’s so much more to at-home oral care than brushing twice a day. Read on to learn more!
Russo Dentistry is proud to be a progressive dental practice. Dr. Russo and his team take a new-school approach to dental care that goes far beyond your teeth and gums to focus on whole body health. We believe in empowering you to take control of your oral health, and that begins with making proper at-home care a habit.
Brush the right way
To keep your teeth protected, use a fluoride toothpaste, preferably with the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. Fluoride keeps your tooth enamel healthy and prevents tooth decay. Make sure that you brush for two full minutes. Many dentist-recommended electric toothbrushes have a two minute timer; if you’re using a manual brush, set a timer on your watch or phone.
Pay attention to your gums
It’s no secret that most people don’t floss as much as they should. Although it might not be your favorite daily task, flossing keeps the spaces between your teeth free of plaque, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if left untreated. Flossing is the gold standard of gum care, but you may also use a water flosser if that is an easier habit to stick with.
Mouthwash is not a substitute for regular flossing, but it makes a great addition to your daily oral care routine. By cleaning between the teeth and keeping your mouth pH balanced, mouthwash finishes the job you started by brushing and flossing. Many mouthwash brands make versions that are alcohol free, formulated for sensitive teeth, or suitable for children. Whichever you choose, make sure they contain fluoride and carry the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.
Drinking eight 8oz glasses of water per day is vital to your whole body health and wellness, but did you know that it can help keep your teeth healthy too? As an acid neutralizer, it helps to keep your mouth at a healthy pH and lowers the risk of tooth decay. It also boosts saliva production and prevents mouth dryness, which can cause both tooth decay and gum disease.
Make healthy lifestyle choices
You can take steps in your day-to-day life that will keep your mouth healthy between brushings. Choosing a diet that is low in sugar and acidic foods significantly reduces your risk of tooth decay, while snacking on crunchy fruits or vegetables will keep your teeth naturally clean. Limiting your intake of dark colored food and beverages will also limit staining. If you smoke, it’s time to quit.
Questions about the best oral care routine for you? Give Russo Dentistry a call! Our friendly staff will be happy to point you in the right direction.