Tips for Oral Hygiene
As a Fredericksburg & Montclair family dentistry office, we view education as an important aspect of care. Cavities and root canals hurt more than just your health — your wallet feels the pinch, as well.In order to prevent tooth and gum problems, and to maintain a healthy smile, take these tips to heart to ensure that we only see you at your regularly scheduled cleanings!
- Brush gently, with a soft toothbrush, at least twice a day. Rough bristles or brushing too hard, may over time cause erosion in the enamel. Be sure to brush below the gumline as well as the teeth.
- Flossing is equally as important as brushing, as bacteria hide out right under the gumline where they can’t be gotten at with a toothbrush.
- Brushing or scraping your tongue after brushing removes plaque and freshens breath.
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash, as too much alcohol, can dry out the mouth, making it more susceptible to bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months and allow it to air-dry after every use to avoid bacteria growth.
- Acidic foods like orange juice and soft drinks soften enamel over time.
- Hard, crunchy foods like nuts, popcorn, and cruciferous vegetables polish teeth (but might also leave particles in the crevices).
- Soft foods like bread and bananas are the worst for leaving a film over the teeth, which like sugar, will feed bacteria growth for hours if you don’t brush.
- If you can’t brush between meals, a stick of sugar-free gum is a good substitute..
Good dental hygiene isn’t hard to do. All it takes is a little effort and your family will all have healthy, happy teeth for years to come.