Going to the dentist will help to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, but the true care lies in what you do at home. Properly caring for your teeth and gums is essential for your oral health, and even just ten minutes a day can keep your teeth and gums up to par. Here are some dentist-recommended tips for basic care of your teeth and gums:
- Brush: Brushing your teeth properly is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene, since it gets rid of most of the plaque and food in your teeth. Make sure to reach all areas of your mouth when you brush and to do so for two to three minutes. Dentists recommend brushing with fluoride toothpaste, as this will help keep your tooth enamel strong.
- Floss: Flossing is extremely important to promote gum health. This step gets rid of plaque buildup along the gumline and therefore prevents the onset of gum disease. Your dentist can help you learn the proper techniques, as flossing can be difficult.
- Rinse: Ask your dentist what the best mouth rinse for you is, but a good standard will contain fluoride. Rinsing will kill any remaining bacteria in your mouth and protect and repair your tooth enamel.
- Eat Well: Your diet affects your teeth. Snacking on tooth-healthy foods such as apples and carrots are good for your teeth. Be sure to avoid highly-refined sugars and carbohydrates like chips and soda as much as possible. These foods create a film on your teeth that can lead to tooth decay, so if you do eat them, brush your teeth afterward or rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS aims to maintain the health of your teeth by running a NYC practice focused on the best patient care. Our goal is to help patients feel comfortable going to the dentist. Call (888) 775-8116 or visit our website to learn more about our services and techniques.