Tips for Preventive Home Dental Care in Bryn Mawr, PA
Visiting the dentist is a great way to maintain your oral health. But there is a lot more to taking care of your teeth then a trip to the dentist’s office. Between semi annual visits to our office, however, you can actively practice good home dental care habits. This will help prevent many adverse conditions from affecting your teeth and mouth.
There are several general guidelines which can provide a major boost to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth can be an excellent way of maintaining great oral health, so long as you are brushing properly. If you aren’t brushing properly, you may not see the full benefits.
You should make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. If possible, try brushing after every meal. For best results, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste.
When you do brush, you should do so for two minutes and use small circular motions. Ensure that the bristles of the toothbrush cover every groove and crevice, and the chewing surfaces.
Few people enjoy flossing their teeth. However, it remains one of the best methods for excellent teeth care. It is recommended that you floss your teeth once per day. Flossing will allow you to remove harmful plaque before it hardens into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist.
Still have a hard time flossing? Our team will help guide you to an alternative choice that will work for you! Many of our patients have excellent results with a water pik.
In order for you to maintain your oral health, it’s very important to eat a healthy diet. You should eat a wide variety of foods but avoid those that are high in sugar and starches. These kinds of foods tend to produce the most acids, which can damage your teeth.
Eating sugary and starchy foods, even as a snack, has been shown to lead to tooth decay. Here is a list of foods that you should avoid:
- Candies, especially hard “sucking” candies
- Sugary gum
- Cookies, cake, and pie
- Potato Chips
These basic tips can help you keep your smile bright and clean, and are some of the easiest (and least expensive!) ways to avoid cavities, periodontal disease, and gingivitis.
Schedule an Appointment for the Best in Teeth Care
Even if you follow all of these tips for home dental care, you’re still going to need to see the dentist. Our practice follows the ADA recommendation of twice yearly cleanings and exams. The office of Amy Shoumer, DMD can help care for your teeth through our dental cleaning and exam services in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
To receive the best in dental care, schedule an appointment with Amy Shoumer, DMD today in Bryn Mawr, PA.