Home Care Tips From Our Dentists
Maintaining a healthy smile depends on what happens between your visits with us. Good home care habits can be established by anyone committed to carving out a few minutes each day. Like regular exercise, consistency is key to building a healthy habit. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day is the standard for proper at-home oral hygiene care.
With so many products on the market today, it can be confusing to sort it out alone. Your hygienist can help narrow down your options and form a plan with personalized tools that’ll work best for you and your dental needs. Will an electric toothbrush help keep your mouth cleaner between professional visits? Would a prescription toothpaste help reduce plaque based on your unique chemistry? Many factors that fit into a plan maximize the time and effort put into keeping your smile healthy.
Patients that are considered high-risk for dental problems may benefit even more individualized routines. Simple, inexpensive substitutions can transform the environment of your mouth and dramatically reduce disease activity. For example, Xylitol is a naturally-derived sweetener that can minimize cavities in children and adults when used in the right dosages.