Home Care For Your Teeth: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining A Happy and Healthy Mouth

Our Highlands Ranch Dental office wants you to maintain your beautiful smile. Your home care routine plays a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy and happy. Not only will it keep your teeth pearly white, but will help prevent or minimize oral disease including caries (cavities), gingivitis, and gum disease.

What products should I be using on a daily basis?

1. Toothbrush: We recommend the Sonicare toothbrush. It’s vibrating and pulsating action has been scientifically proven to remove more plaque and tartar than manual toothbrushes. Remember to replace the head of the Sonicare every two to three months to keep the brush effective.

2. Toothpaste: We recommend a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is the biggest agent to reduce cavities with it’s bonding properties to enamel surface to strength and prevent harmful bacteria from penetrating. A variety of toothpastes have different abrasive and detergents to also help reduce plaque build up, gingivitis, and bad breath.

3. Mouthwash: We love ACT fluoride rinse or alcohol free mouth wash. Make sure to rinse and swish for at least 30 seconds (preferably longer) to help eliminate the bacteria.

4. FLOSS!: A lot of discussion is out there about the benefits of flossing. Flossing cleans up to 40% of tooth structure that is unable to be reached with traditional brushing. We recommend waxed flossed (like Johnson and Johnson waxed floss). We also recommend Waterpiking with a Water Flosser for deeper pocket cleaning and under gum cleaning 360 degrees around the tooth. We may also recommend floss picks or interproximal brushes.

5. Fluoride: Make sure to get you daily dose of fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that was discovered to be an effective way to prevent cavities in Colorado Springs. A low dose in water and exposure in toothpastes and mouthwashes allows the fluoride ion to bind to the enamel structure completing and open bond (in the hydroxyapeptite) which strengthens the structure and helps fight against harmful bacteria. Good sources of fluoride including natural tap water, toothpastes, and mouthwash.

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How should I be using these products?

1. Brushing: for effective brushing make sure to brush at least two minutes at least two times per day. Move your brush in circular motions throughout your mouth and make sure to brush both your teeth and gums!

2. Tongue: Brushing your tongue is a helpful way to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Bacteria build up on your tongue and is important to remove the odor causing bacteria.

3. Flossing: we recommend flossing at least one time per day. We have found it most effective to floss prior to brushing and at night time. Make sure to wrap the floss around each tooth and slide up under the gums.

4. Mouth wash: This is not a replacement for brushing or flossing by any means. This is mainly recommended at night after flossing and brushing. Swish the mouthwash for at least 30 seconds then spit. We recommend avoiding drinking and water for at least 30 minutes after rinsing.

5. Gum: chewing sugar free gum is also an effective way to help prevent or minimize oral disease. Chewing gum stimulates extra saliva flow which helps wash away bacteria and buffer acidity caused by eating and drinking.
Our Highlands Ranch dentists, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons, want to help you maintain your healthy and beautiful smile while minimizing dental disease. Home care is the most important part of keeping you healthy. Make sure to schedule your routine check ups at our office to help minimize the extent of any oral disease. Call our office and schedule your appointment today at 303-694-9740.

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