At Revelstoke Dental Centre in Revelstoke, BC, we always make sure to educate our patients about proper home care dental techniques that will keep their smiles healthy and strong.
Your personal home care habits play an important role in achieving a healthy smile.
Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with your preferred toothpaste and soft bristle brush.
Our dental team recommends electric toothbrushes for better brushing, as they remove plaque very efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your teeth and allow the brush to do its job.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.
Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on whether it is appropriate for you.
Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.