Regular dental care does not start and stop at the dentist’s clinic. While visiting Orchards Dental in South Edmonton at least twice a year is important to maintaining healthy teeth, what you do at home also plays a big role in the health of your teeth. While brushing and flossing are a big part of maintaining healthy teeth, their other things you can do to ensure your teeth are at their healthiest.
Brush at least twice a day
Everyone regularly brushes their teeth, but do you brush at least twice a day? If you are someone with braces or get cavities easily, you may benefit from brushing after every meal or snack, but most people can get away with brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. On top of regularly brushing your teeth, you should also regularly change your toothbrush. You should change your toothbrush every 2-3 months or sooner if the bristles begin to wear out. Also, consider changing your toothbrush if you become sick as you do not want harmful bacteria being reintroduced in your mouth.
Consider a fluoride toothpaste
There are a wide variety of kinds of toothpaste for you to choose from, catering to everyone’s different oral health. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen enamel and may even reverse early signs of tooth decay and because of these benefits, most people should be using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. If you are at risk for gum disease, have previously had gum disease, starting to notice your teeth yellow or other dental issues our South Edmonton dental clinic can recommend other types of toothpaste that will accommodate your specific dental needs.
A lot of people think brushing every day is enough and do not floss regularly. If you want to remove plaque and food buildup from between your teeth while also maintaining healthy gums, then the best way is flossing daily. You should be flossing at least once a day, ideally at night when you brush your teeth again.
Use an antimicrobial mouthwash
Using mouthwash benefits everyone who uses it. If you are more at risk for cavities or gum disease, then using an antimicrobial mouthwash as part of your daily oral routine will help get rid of bad bacteria and improve overall oral health. Mouthwash is great for reaching hard to reach areas in your mouth to ensure all food particles and harmful bacteria are removed. Fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen your enamel while a remineralizing mouthwash can help create a protective barrier against plaque, bacteria, and tooth decay.
Contact Orchards Dental
Taking care of your teeth at home is a lot easier than you think. Combining your at-home dental routine with regular visits at Orchards Dental ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. If you have any questions about keeping your teeth healthy at home, then feel free to as us any questions as we are always happy to help keep our patients dental health at its best both in and out of the office. Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment!