Proper dental hygiene at home can protect your mouth against problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, many researchers believe that your overall oral health can affect the health of the rest of your body. Most dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once to preserve your oral health at home. Part of good dental hygiene is choosing the best, ADA-approved tools for your dental needs, and taking care of them properly.
Choosing Your Dental Tools
Some tips for choosing and taking care of your toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth rinse include:
- Pick items with the ADA Seal of Acceptance—these items have been approved for use by the American Dental Association.
- Store your brush in an upright position, in the open-air—storing the brush in a closed container can allow microorganisms to grow on your toothbrush.
- Replace your brush every 3-4 months, or as soon as it’s frayed or worn.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste—fluoride strengthens the outer layer of your teeth by replenishing the mineral crystals of enamel.
- Determine the type of toothpaste you need–certain kinds include ingredients that specifically fight plaque or gingivitis, whiten your teeth, eliminate bad breath, or reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Pay attention to the type of mouth rinse you’re using: Cosmetic rinses do not kill bacteria that cause bad breath or tooth decay.
Other Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth at Home
There are other ways you can take care of your teeth, and preserve your dental health, besides using the best toothbrush and toothpaste. You can eat healthy foods to promote healthy teeth and gums, and snack responsibly. When you eat, bacteria on your teeth and gums create acid, so reducing the amount of snacks you eat a day will lessen the number of acid attacks your teeth face. We also advise drinking plenty of water, especially right after eating, to wash food particles off of your teeth before they feed your plaque’s bacteria.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.