Everybody wants to have a pearly white smile, fresh breath, and healthy pink gums. For you to attain that goal, your home care plays a very vital role. A competent home care routine should include eating nourishing foods, avoiding junk foods, and proper use of dental utilities that will assist in controlling the plaque and bacteria that cause oral disease.
A perfect, healthy smile that will last you a lifetime is our critical goal when treating patients. At Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center, we can create a personalized home care routine that meets your specific needs. With so many dental care products available on the market today, it can be pretty challenging to select them. We can help you pick the correct options based on your oral health.
Here are some oral health care guidelines that you can do at home:
- Use the Correct Toothbrush
Start with a proper toothbrush with soft bristles that’s small enough to move comfortably around your mouth and a handle that’s easy to grip. We will demonstrate precisely how to use your toothbrush effectively to remove bacterial plaque.
- Don’t Brush Vigorously
Brushing too vigorously can cause gum recession and damage the root surfaces of the teeth. Exposed roots may be pretty sensitive and are at risk of decay.
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Scientific research has proven that the mineral fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and can also repair tooth enamel. Fluoride is a naturally present element that is perfectly safe when used as directed.
- Floss Once a Day
Flossing is the best technique to remove plaque in places where your brush can’t reach, especially in between the teeth. If plaque is not cleaned off, it could cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Don’t Snack on Sugary Foods
The sugar content in your foods is the major contributor to oral disease. Sugars are consumed by oral bacteria, releasing acids that attack the teeth, causing tooth decay and cavities.
- Watch Out for Bleeding Gums or Lumps and Ulcers
Most often, minor sores or bumps of your mouth could be harmless, but some could be early warnings of disease. If you observe anything unusual like bleeding, pain, sensitivity, discoloration, a sore or a lump, or other symptoms that are not normal, consult your dentist.
- Avoid Harmful Oral Habits
Harmful habits such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and chewing on pencils or fingernails will negatively affect your oral health.
- Drink Lots of Water
Keeping your mouth moist is essential. Mouth dryness increases bacterial accumulation and your risk for both tooth decay and gum disease. Mouth dryness can be caused by alcohol, smoking, and some prescription medicines.
At Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center, 830 Metcalf St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, we can help provide solutions to enhance your oral health while transforming your smile. Call us today at (360) 855-0351 to schedule your dental consultation and learn more about home care.