Floss, brush, rinse. Taking great care of your mouth does not have to be difficult. It just requires a little education, dedication and effort. Dr. Kern and our care team have created some simple instructions for home care to optimize your preventative and maintenance techniques.
Flossing – To minimize your chances of decay, it is important to floss between your teeth and through the pockets of your gums at the beginning and end of each day. We recommend using unwaxed floss for best ease of use. Getting the floss between your teeth is not enough. Our team can teach you how to keep gum pockets clean with dental floss, resulting in a cleaner mouth with fewer restorative needs.
Brushing – Brushing at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed, is essential for care. We recommend using toothpaste because it is packed with fluoride, xylitol and other essential tooth protecting ingredients. If you are using a traditional toothbrush, we recommend brushing for at least two minutes at a time. While brushing, make certain you cover your entire gum line, all around your teeth, the front and back. Your brush should stay along the gums and feel like a little more than a tickle because brushing too hard can cause damage to gums.
Our team likes the Sonicare Elite power brush for its superior cleaning power. When using a Sonicare, or any other power brush, please remember to keep your contact gentle and brush for at least two minutes to stimulate gum health and keep teeth clean.
Rinsing – Lots of people like mouth rinse and we’re fans too. While most mouth rinses kill bacteria, there are a few brands we prefer because they have added preventative ingredients. We love Biotene and no-alcohol ACT mouth rinses because both help protect tooth enamel. If you are at the drug store and can not remember the products we recommend, just remember to look for the ADA (American Dental Association) label.
Nutrition – There are several ways to improve smile health and appearance through nutrition. Fruits and vegetables can help remove plaque. Every time you eat an apple, some broccoli or cauliflower, you are not just keeping your body healthy, you are also whitening your smile and removing plaque. Eat your fruits and veggies, and smile big!