Sunshine Family Dental is committed to helping you maintain your oral health through proper oral hygiene. Professional dental cleanings are important, but good dental hygiene practices at home are equally important to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
The Importance of Brushing and Flossing
Dr. Narasimhan recommends brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing daily to maintain good dental hygiene. Brushing helps remove plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth, while flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
Additional Ways to Promote Good Oral Health
In addition to brushing and flossing, there are other ways to promote good oral health. Toothpaste and mouth rinses with fluoride can help strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay. Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and limiting sugary snacks can also contribute to good oral health.
Drinking water after meals can help wash away sugars from foods and drinks and neutralize acids in your mouth. If you consume acidic foods or drinks, such as sodas or candies, it is important to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to allow your saliva to neutralize the acids and protect your teeth.