Caring for Your Teeth at Home

January 10, 2023

Tips and Advice from a Dental Assistant

Community Care College was started as a Dental Assistant School. And for us Dental Assistants, we know how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene. Not only is it crucial for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile, but it also plays a vital role in overall health and well-being. In this post, we’ll be providing you with some tips and advice on how to properly care for your teeth at home.

First and foremost, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Brushing helps to remove plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. When brushing, be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush for at least two minutes. Pay special attention to the area where the gums and teeth meet as this is where plaque tends to build up.

Flossing is another important step in oral hygiene, as it helps to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and below the gumline. It’s recommended that you floss at least once a day, preferably before brushing. If you find traditional flossing to be difficult, there are other options such as water flossers or interdental brushes that can be helpful.

In addition to brushing and flossing, using mouthwash is also an effective way to keep your mouth clean and fresh. Mouthwash can help to kill bacteria and freshen breath, as well as remove any remaining plaque or food particles after brushing and flossing.

When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste, there are several options available. Electric toothbrushes have been shown to be more effective in removing plaque than manual toothbrushes, and toothpastes that contain fluoride can help to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. There are also toothpastes that are designed for specific needs, such as toothpastes for sensitive teeth or toothpastes that contain whitening agents.

So, it’s important to keep in mind that in addition to good oral hygiene habits, regular dental checkups and cleanings are also crucial for maintaining a healthy mouth. Your dentist will be able to spot potential issues early on and make recommendations for treatments as necessary.