Dental Home Care Regimen
At California Dental Group, our aim is to help you achieve an outstanding level of oral health and a beautiful, healthy, lasting smile. We recommend detailed, convenient dental home care for you and your loved ones. These include eating balanced diets, regular brushing, and flossing, reducing consumption of snacks or junk food.
We encourage our patients to follow the professional instructions, dental tips and aids that are provided to them by our team! All these will help in controlling plaque and bacteria, thus, preventing dental diseases and teeth issues. Our home care tips include:
Ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially, before going to bed at night. For effective result when brushing:
- Only use ADA approved soft bristle toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Brush your teeth gently using a small, circular motion. This will ensure that the bristles of the brush touch your gums.
- Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
- Clean the inside of the front teeth using the tip of the brush.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria. This will also help freshen your breath.
You can take this a step further by getting an electric toothbrush. These electric toothbrushes are easy to use and can remove plaque, food debris and tartar efficiently compared to traditional brushes. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your teeth and gums. Allow the brush to do its job. Your teeth and gums will feel cleaner and healthier.
One of the most amazing ways to clean between the teeth as well as under the gumline is by flossing every day. As these are hidden spaces with holes, daily flossing helps in disrupting colonies of plaque from building up. With this, teeth, gum and bone damages can be prevented.
- Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss. Wrap it around your middle fingers. You can leave about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
- Guide the floss with your thumbs and forefingers. Gently insert the floss between your teeth in a sawing motion.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth as well as under the gumline.
- While the floss rounds up your teeth, carefully move the floss up and down. This will help clean the side of each tooth.
For individuals that find it hard to use conventional floss, you can use floss holders.
After brushing, flossing, or even after taking a meal, it is essential to rinse your mouth. Rinsing helps in sweeping food particles out of your mouth, especially from the inner, hidden parts. With the food debris removed, bacteria will have nothing to feed on. Water is usually recommended for mouth rinsing. However, ensure that you consult your dentist before using any over-the-counter rinsing product.
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For more dental hygiene tips to help take appropriate care of your teeth and gums, contact us today at California Dental Group. We also recommend other dental home care options including interdental brushes, fluoride, tongue cleaners, rubber tip stimulators, irrigation devices, and medicated rinses. All these will help keep your teeth and gums stay healthy.