Professional dental cleanings are important for maintaining great oral health. However, it is vital that you continue good oral hygiene at home as well.
Dr. Julia K. Mikell recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss daily. This helps prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
There are additional ways to help keep teeth strong and healthy. Toothpastes and mouth rinses with fluoride are available over-the-counter. Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks can also contribute to good oral health.
When you can, drink a glass of water after meals. This can help wash away sugars from foods and drinks. If something you eat or drink contains acids, such as sodas or candies, wait 30 minutes before brushing. This will allow your saliva time to neutralize the acids and protect your teeth.
“We believe the Sonicare electric toothbrush and the Waterpik Waterflosser are very good tools to implement into oral care at home, but, flossing is still necessary. Homecare doesn’t have to be high-tech to be effective, but for many of our patients, it gives them the extra help they need to see big improvements in their exams. We also enjoy taking time to help patients understand treatment options to restore their teeth.
We have time during the hygiene appointment with them to answer their questions and help them anticipate what they might be discussing with Dr. Mikell. We can begin the conversation and can explain the difference between and crown, a bridge, and an implant.” – Tracy & Chasity, RDH
Healthy oral hygiene habits can help keep your teeth strong and beautiful. If you have any questions about your current oral hygiene routine, please contact us.