If you’re stuck at home, then good dental hygiene is more important than ever! When we take proper care of our smile, we help protect it from tooth decay, gum disease, teeth stains, and more. Your Redmond, OR, dentist is going to talk about proper brushing and flossing, as well as healthy snack choices to reduce the risk of cavities.
Brushing Your Teeth
When we brush our teeth, we help remove food particles, preventing bacteria from having the opportunity to consume them, a process that leads to plaque and tartar and weakened tooth enamel. You should brush when you wake up and once again before going to bed, each session should last about two minutes, and reach every surface of the tooth. Be sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles to preventing inadvertent damage, and make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. A toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen the outermost layer of the tooth, limiting the risk of cavities. This goes for kids too! Children should begin brushing, or having their teeth brushed, as soon as teeth erupt. Be sure to use a rice-seized blot of toothpaste for little smiles.
Don’t Forget About Flossing!
Flossing helps remove the bits of food trapped between the teeth or on the gum line. Brushing alone cannot reach and remove these particles, which is why floss is essential (and an important means of avoiding the onset of gingivitis and gum disease). Children may opt for a floss pick before graduating to a floss tape. People of all ages need to floss before bed, moving the tape or pick up and down each side of every tooth, and below the gum line in a “c” motion, which helps remove the particles trapped in between each tooth.
Healthy Snack Choices
When we consume healthy foods and drinks, this limits the chances for bacteria to break down sugary and starchy particles. In turn, this limits plaque buildup and prevents the onset of cavities and infection. For people stuck at home or social distancing, remembering to consume healthy snacks is very important. Try to drink more water instead of sodas, energy drinks, or sports drinks. For snacks, choose fresh fruits, vegetables, sugar-free gum, low-fat yogurt, nuts, and cheeses. If you have any questions about brushing and flossing, or about choosing healthier snack options, then please contact our team today. If you experience a damaged tooth or a toothache, let us know so we can schedule an emergency visit as needed.
Do You Have Questions About General Dental Care?
With the right steps, you and your family can maintain the health and beauty of your smiles. To learn more about our approach to general treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.