If you want to support the preventive care that you receive at the dentist’s office, it is important to develop a home-care routine for your teeth and gums. By brushing and flossing properly, you will reduce your need for restorative dental care and keep your smile looking youthful and bright. To make the most of your daily oral care, follow these easy guidelines recommended by Dr. Carson:
- Invest in a quality toothbrush: An electric toothbrush is a great way to get a deep, thorough clean when you brush twice daily. When you shop for one, be sure to seek a head with soft bristles that you can easily fit into the tighter spaces of your mouth where bacteria like to hide. A built-in timer is another quality to look for in your toothbrush, as this will ensure that you are getting a complete clean every time you brush.
- Floss the right way: Many people do not floss daily, and a good number of those who do are using the wrong technique. It is important to make sure that you do not snap down on the gums with the floss, but rather that you use it to glide against the sides of the teeth to pull away plaque and bacteria.
- Rinse after eating: It is typically impractical to brush your teeth every time you eat or drink, but you can rinse with water or mouthwash without much inconvenience. Keeping a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash in your purse or in your desk at work can help you reduce staining and decay from foods that might otherwise harm your smile. Always use alcohol-free mouthwash so that you do not dry out your mouth when you rinse.
To get even more dental care tips along with superior care for your smile, make an appointment at the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS by calling (520) 514-7203 or visiting our website. We will help you smile beautifully for life using the latest in restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental care techniques.