Thursday, April 2, 2020

Home Care During Limited Access

At a time when regular dental care is limited, it is very important to continue proper oral hygiene at home.

Teeth Brushing Tips:

Brushing your teeth should be less about pressure and more about technique. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque from all tooth surfaces.

It is recommended to brush at least twice daily. However, you should never go to bed without brushing. You should brush right before bed or after the last meal of the day. During sleep our teeth are most vulnerable to cavities.

Also it is important to realize that brushing alone only cleans ~70% of tooth surfaces and this is where the floss helps.

Flossing Tips:

You should floss your teeth at least once daily and the best time is before bedtime.

Proper technique is again key. Place floss between teeth and break contact. Try to hug each of the interproximal surfaces of the two teeth with the floss and gently move up and down. Repeat this between all teeth.

A fluoridated mouth wash is also a great idea. This will strengthen teeth after you've brushed and flossed.

Following this regimen will ensure healthy teeth and gums and less problems.