Taking care of teeth at home is actually easy—it just takes getting into the habit. If you haven’t already, start today: brush once in the morning and once at night before you go to bed. Use a soft, nylon toothbrush, either manual or electric.
Place the toothbrush along the gumline at a 45-degree angle and cover the surface of the tooth, as well as the gum line. Moving the brush back and forth and in circles is the best way to scrape off any plaque or bacteria left behind from your meals. Move back and forth from the back of your mouth to the front, covering the front, back, and top of the teeth as you move.
Then, you should floss. Take the floss out and wrap it around your finger several times, or until you get a good grip of it. You may also want to try flossing sticks if that’s easier for you. Insert the floss between your teeth and gently scrape the food debris off the sides of your teeth. Make sure you floss away from the gum line and the middle of the teeth to get all the plaque out of there. Try moving the floss under the gums and scrape up towards the tooth to get any trapped food out of there.
It’s also advisable to rinse with fluoride mouthwash. Once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed, rinse your mouth out with a cap full of mouthwash. When you do, swish it around your mouth and make sure it hits every tooth and gets in between your teeth. Swish for at least a minute and then spit it out.
Preventative Dentistry in the Dentist Office
We highly recommend you visit your dentist every six months. You should visit your dentist, even if there is nothing wrong with your teeth or gums. It still falls under preventative dentistry because your dentist will check on you and give you a professional cleaning with high-quality tools you can’t get at home. This, along with your at-home brushing and flossing, will help you prevent any serious issues later on.