At Stonetrace Dental, we are dedicated to helping you maintain the highest standard of oral health and educate you as to what you can do to accomplish this at home. You can receive many dental hygiene treatments at our practice, but keeping your teeth healthy is an ongoing, cooperative effort between you and your dentist. As part of our patient education efforts, below you’ll find some common questions about dental hygiene.
what is the best toothbrush to use?
Medium- and hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause damage to your teeth, gums, and tooth enamel. A soft-bristled toothbrush is the safest choice. Moreover, they’re more effective at removing food particles and plaque buildup.
is there a right way to brush teeth?
Yes. First, you must hold the bristles at about a 45-degree angle upward against the outside of your top teeth and near your gum line. Brush in small, circular strokes to avoid missing the spaces between teeth where plaque usually builds up. While at it, be sure to use gentle pressure as you brush for at least two minutes twice a day.
when should i replace my toothbrush?
It’s best to set a reminder to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. You may need to toss it sooner if its bristles look bent, splayed, or have become less elastic.
what type of toothpaste should i use?
You’ll want to use fluoridated toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, since fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel, it makes it more resistant to decay. If you’re at a higher risk of tooth decay, you’ll want to ask your provider about fluoride varnish.
why is flossing important?
Flossing at least once daily allows you to clear food and plaque stuck between teeth and under your gum line. Without regular flossing, plaque hardens into tartar which will eventually cause pockets to form between your teeth and gums. If left untreated, your gums will pull away from your teeth, causing teeth to loosen.
should i rinse with mouthwash?
Mouthwashes protect your teeth from cavities, prevent sensitivity, and promote fresher breath. However, you’ll want to use them with regular brushing and flossing. Twice-daily rinses are ideal for maintaining gum health. If you’re dealing with xerostomia or dry mouth, switching to alcohol-free washes is best. Mouthwashes aren’t suitable for children under six because they tend to swallow the solution.
how often should I have a dental cleaning?
Make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning every six months. However, more frequent cleanings can also benefit your oral health.
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The dedicated team of dental professionals at Stonetrace Family Dental in Murfreesboro, TN, is ready and willing to discuss proper oral hygiene to help you take better care of your smile. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.