If you’re diligent about keeping those six month checkups with your dentist you’re well on your way to a lifetime of good oral health, but what about the time in between visits? A regimen of home care is important too. Brushing and flossing every day will help prevent plaque buildup which in turn will increase your odds in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
Dentists recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time and while you’re at it don’t neglect to brush your tongue. Better yet, use a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper is a handy tool that is made specifically for getting rid of the bacteria that collects on the tongue and can cause occasional bad breath. Chronic bad breath however, should be evaluated by your dentist.
Children and adults who wear braces often have a problem with food particles getting stuck in the dental work. An inter-dental brush or water flosser can be the answer. There are several versions on the market, ask your dentist or hygienist for recommendations.
Dentists agree that an electric toothbrush actually does do a better job of removing plaque than a manual brush does. Again, there are several types to choose from depending on what features are most appealing to you. Always follow the guidelines on the instructions sheet and replace the brush heads every three months.
If you’re having trouble flossing or if you would like to know more about home dental care products ask for advice from the experts at Kendra Patterson, DMD during your next appointment. Call 303-722-9504 today.