• You may be conscientious about brushing your teeth and routinely brush twice a day.  However, brushing is only one part of home dental care.  There is more you need to do to ensure good oral health.

    The Importance of Dental Floss

    Your toothbrush can clean the surface of your teeth, but the bristles cannot reach between your teeth.  Whether your teeth are crowded closely together, or whether there are small gaps between your teeth, food particles and bacteria can accumulate in these areas.

    This is why you should use dental floss every day.  When used correctly, it will remove the residue from between your teeth.  Flossing greatly reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.  When tiny particles are not allowed to remain between your teeth, your teeth and gums will stay healthy.

    You can avoid buildups of sticky plaque and hardened tartar that are harmful to your gums and teeth.  Brushing is most effective when it is combined with flossing.  If you are not sure how to use floss correctly, your dentist can show you how to do it.

    Your Oral Health: At-Home and In-Office

    When oral health is your goal, it is a goal that is simple to achieve.  You can start with daily care at home.  Brush twice a day, but do not forget to use dental floss.  Ask your dentist to recommend a good mouthwash, too. The best home care cannot substitute for regular dental visits.  Make an appointment at least once every six months for professional cleaning and an exam.

    Family dentistry is essential for everyone in your household.  If you have any questions about home care products, your dentist can recommend the toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss that will work for each member of your family.  Between home care and dental visits, everyone can enjoy oral health.