Chances are you’ve had the same oral care routine for years, if not decades. But the ultimate oral hygiene routine is one that adapts as your smile changes (and ages) over time. Here are some extremely important tips for your oral care routine, step by step, to keep your teeth and gums healthy in the years ahead:
As far as brushing goes, here’s your ideal oral care routine step by step:
An electric toothbrush is a great option if you struggle with dexterity issues or find you don’t brush as long as you should. Most electric brushes have a built-in timer to ensure you’re cleaning your teeth for at least two minutes.
It is important to floss between your teeth using a floss, floss pick or water flosser. A toothbrush physically cannot clean these spaces, which make up approximately 40% of your smile. Floss at least once a day.
When flossing is a challenge or you have deep periodontal pockets around teeth, consider using a water flosser instead. Water flossers reach areas that traditional floss does not.
Did you know that your water intake is an important part of having a healthy smile? Water is a natural cleanser, so it rinses away acids, bacteria, and food debris between meals. It won’t replace brushing and flossing, but it will help cut down on your risk of dental disease. Especially if you’re drinking water instead of sweet tea, diet soda, juice, or sports drinks.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in certain chewing gums and oral care products that prevents plaque from building up on teeth. If you’re between meals or running errands during the day, consider chewing a piece of gum that’s sweetened with xylitol. Not only will it lower your risk for cavities, but it will also help freshen your breath between brushing and flossing.
You should always incorporate professional teeth cleanings in your oral hygiene routine, no matter how good you are at brushing and flossing. Plan to schedule an exam and cleaning at least once every six months. During these visits, Dr. Skeens will screen for issues like gum disease, bone loss, and cavities in your teeth. In most cases we can intercept issues early on when they’re still reversible.
When you visit Encinitas Family Dentistry for your routine exam and cleaning, we’ll offer custom advice and tips to improve oral hygiene as needed. Your oral care routine isn’t the same as everyone else’s is. Dr. Skeens and our hygienists can help pinpoint areas that may benefit from a modified oral care routine or specific tools (like floss threaders or proxy brushes.)
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Welcome to the Encinitas dental office of Gregory Skeens, JR., DDS. We are your home for caring dental treatment that supports superior oral health and helps you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Our modern facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology and our team is here to make your visit enjoyable and relaxing.
We take a truly individualized approach to dentistry, which is why our practice is so popular. After every treatment, Encinitas dentist Dr. Skeens personally makes follow- up phone calls to patients to ensure that they are feeling well. Your comfort and well-being are of ultimate importance.