We reopened our offices in June and have been happy to able to welcome back a number of current and new patients. However, we understand there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Whether you are unable to come into the office for your regular cleaning, or because you are too anxious or just want to be prepared, we’ve provided some tips on how to better care for your teeth.
Brushing and Flossing
This may seem like a no-brainer, but be sure to brush twice a day, especially before bedtime so that bacteria doesn’t sit on your teeth overnight. Using gentle, circular motions, we recommend brushing for two full minutes. Flossing is also an incredibly important element to proper dental hygiene. It removes food that builds up between teeth that a toothbrush can’t quite reach. When teeth don’t get flossed, bacteria can build up, which leads to plaque, tarter, and ultimately, gum disease. So make sure you adhere to these essentials. They will pay dividends in the long run.
But not just any kind of mouthwash. While cosmetic mouthwash mainly helps with bad breath, therapeutic mouthwash can help prevent gingivitis, plaque buildup, cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance for quality purposes when buying mouthwash over the counter.
Maintain a Proper Diet
Watch out for sugary snacks and drinks that can break down enamel and contribute to tooth decay. Acid is also another tooth killer and includes coffee, carbonated beverages, and citrus fruits. Drinking beverages with a straw can help lessen the impact on your teeth, while following both food and drink with a glass of water not only helps wash away food debris, but the fluoride found in most tap water helps strengthen teeth.
Give Your Teeth a Boost with Technology
Electric toothbrushes are known to promote stronger dental hygiene, and some brands even have built-in timers to encourage brushers to brush longer. Reaching for an even fresher clean? And if you want to go one better, consider introducing a Water Pik or water flosser to really get to those hard to reach places. Using a Waterpik as a supplement to regular brushing and flossing can help further cleanse your gumline of debris and bacteria. You will be amazed how effective and efficient they are. Also, make sure to replace your toothbrush or electric brush attachment every few months. Over time, the bristles lose their effectiveness.
Of course, these tips shouldn’t replace regular cleanings. But by maintaining regular dental hygiene and taking steps to boost your overall dental health, you’ll keep your smile happy until your next visit.