The Dos and Don’ts of Proper Home Care

If you want to enjoy your stunning smile for life, you have to protect it. Eating right and regular checkups will help with this endeavor. Another important component is your daily home routine. Effective brushing and flossing are key to protecting your smile long-term. The following dos and don’ts will help you make the most of your home care routine:

• Do select the right equipment. Make sure you use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
• Do practice an effective technique. Hold your brush at a slight angle and brush with short back-and-forth motions.
• Do remember to change your toothbrush. Germs can grow on the brush head, so replace your toothbrush or electronic head every three to four months.
• Do choose a toothbrush you like. Manual versus electronic doesn’t matter. The important thing is to find one you will put to good use.
• Do work with enough floss. Tear off at least 18 inches so you can get between teeth.
• Do take your time. Spend at least two minutes brushing so that you cover the whole area.
• Do limit toothpick use. The instruments can poke or injure gums.
• Don’t cover your toothbrush after use. Leave the brush in an upright position and let it dry completely.
• Don’t forget to floss daily. Brushing alone won’t remove plaque and debris from tight spaces between teeth.
• Don’t pick a mouthwash with alcohol. These products can dry your mouth, limit saliva production, and make you prone to issues like gum disease or tooth decay. Ask your dentist an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help reduce plaque between your teeth.

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