A healthy smile begins with you!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is actually surprisingly easy, and your at-home routine is one of the most important, if not the most important factor for supporting and maintaining good oral health. Besides turning to our Matthews, NC, dentist, Dr. David Feeney, twice a year for checkups, here are simple habits and tips that you can adopt and do everyday from the comfort of your own home to preserve your smile.
Follow the 2x2 rule when brushing
What is the 2x2 rule? It simply means that you should be brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time, two times a day. This is the best way to remove plaque and tartar buildup to reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride, which will help keep enamel strong and healthy.
You also need to floss
No matter how much of a master you are at brushing, you still need to floss. According to Oral-B, if you don’t floss you actually miss cleaning 35 percent of your tooth surfaces. Yikes! So if you really want to safeguard your smile from cavities and gum disease, you will want to floss your teeth at least once a day, ideally in the evening.
Add mouthwash to your routine
If you aren’t doing it already, you should also use mouthwash every day. This is just another way to kill the bacteria responsible for gum disease. Find an antiseptic mouthwash that contains the ADA seal of approval. If you aren’t sure which mouthwash will work best for you talk with your Matthews, NC, general dentist to find out.
The Importance of Home Dental Care
Your routine matters. How you brush and floss your teeth matters. Your lifestyle, habits and diet also matter. All of these play a role in your oral health. We know that everyone wants to prevent gum disease, dental infections, cavities and tooth injuries. By maintaining a strong oral care routine that you’re dedicated to each and every day you can prevent these issues from happening, which can also save you a lot of time, money and stress in the long run. Along with a stellar home routine, you also want to visit your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and care.
If you have questions about how to care for your smile, or if you need to schedule a cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our Matthews, NC, family dentist at (704) 847-1000.