Care for Your Teeth Right: A Dentist's Guide

You know that you’re only going to get one set of teeth, and you don’t want to end up with implants or dentures. After all, that process really isn’t fun, even if it can save your mouth down the road. You want to avoid it if possible.

That’s why taking good care of your teeth is so important. While you probably know some things, there are lots of other tips to help you maintain a healthy mouth. Use these tips to guide you.

How to Brush

Most people brush in an up and down motion that isn’t good for the teeth or gums. Instead, brush in an upward or downward motion that helps the gums. If yours seem to be receding, brushing down can help that. Brushing up can help gums retain some of their firmness.

Always Floss

Flossing is something everybody should do but many people don’t often enough. Ideally, you should be flossing after every single meal and after you eat. However, if you can’t do that, you should be flossing at least once per night before bed.

Otherwise bacteria between your teeth could damage your enamel and gums.

Skip the Mouthwash

Mouthwash is an alternative to flossing and brushing, not a replacement. If you like to use mouthwash, look for an alcohol free version, and use it sparingly. You really shouldn’t be using mouthwash more than a few times per week.

Contact us to learn more about taking care of your teeth the right way.