Make The Most Of Your At-Home Care To Avoid Cavities
Posted June 15, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
When you see your dentist for a checkup, you receive a level of care that you will not be able to replicate on your own. Dental visits can provide you with preventive and restorative work that can leave your teeth in top shape. Still, at-home oral health care is vital to keeping your teeth in good condition. You should brush your teeth at least two times daily, and make sure to floss at least once a day. When these habits are practiced effectively, you can rid your teeth of debris and plaque before they hurt your teeth. Daily care is for more than your teeth – when you practice smart oral care, you can also protect your gum health.
When you floss, you clear away food particles and bacteria that are wedged between teeth, making them harder to reach when you brush. Brushing alone might leave these spaces unaddressed, and leave you with stubborn tartar between your teeth. You could find yourself learning about a cavity in one of those difficult spaces, and needing a dental filling at your next checkup.
A few half-hearted strokes of a toothbrush across your teeth is not enough to effectively protect your teeth. Be sure to fully clean your teeth, and take time – a good brushing session should take about two minutes. Effective brushing two times a day can help keep you from suffering tooth decay.
You may think of brushing and flossing as protection for your teeth, but keeping your mouth clean also protects your gums. If you suspect your gums are not healthy, talk to your dentist – a Perio Tray can target a periodontal infection.