Routine visits to the experienced SmilePerfectors dentists in Tysons Corner and other locations are essential for anyone looking to maintain good oral health. While regularly seeing our dentists is vital, you also need to adhere to certain daily practices to keep your oral health in peak condition. Here are certain things that you can do on your own to preserve your precious smile.
Regular brushing is the foundation of a vibrant and healthy smile. Brushing after meals, or at least twice a day, can help remove damaging plaque that can build up on and in between your teeth. It is essential to diligently brush with a high-quality toothbrush and fluoride-based toothpaste. A good toothbrush will effectively remove food and plaque from all tooth surfaces, and fluoride-based toothpaste provides enamel protection.
Flossing is especially helpful in cleaning areas between teeth where regular brushing cannot reach. Use a good quality dental floss and floss gently between your teeth. Ask one of our dentists when you see them on your routine visit about how to floss properly.
Rinsing after meals is a simple and effective way of removing leftover food particles that can remain on your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to rinse before brushing, as this loosens the particles in your mouth, followed by brushing with protective fluoride-based toothpaste.
Salt water is a commonly used for rinsing. The saline present in salt water can aid in healing inflammation from an extracted tooth or mouth sores. Salt water, however, is not recommended for daily rinsing, as this can eventually wear down the enamel on your teeth. Consider a fluoride-based mouthwash for daily use. You can also ask one of our dentists which mouthwash or rinse solution is ideal for you.
Perform Personal Oral Exams
Another quick and simple oral hygiene habit is personal oral examinations. While standing in front of a mirror, take your index finger and rub it along your gum line, tooth surface and the back of your teeth. If you notice anything that stands out, such as a discoloration of gum tissue or a broken tooth, promptly contact your local SmilePerfectors for an appointment.
Have any questions regarding oral hygiene? Get in touch with one of the expert dentists in Tysons Corner and other locations at SmilePerfectors.