Dr. Kim and East End Dental Wellness team work hard to diagnose and treat your dental health issues. While your twice-per-year exam and cleaning does a lot to help prevent these issues, your home care routine is crucial. The difference between good home care habits and bad ones could be thousands of dollars worth of procedures- not to mention the toothaches. Our goal is to educate our patients and help them improve their home care so that they can actively avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Proper brushing removes stains, plaque, and food particle build-up that damage the surface of your teeth. It also keeps your gums and tongue clean and healthy.
- Brush twice per day, first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Each brushing should last two minutes.
- Use a soft toothbrush. Medium and hard toothbrushes can actually wear down the enamel and gums. We also recommend electric toothbrushes.
- Brush in a circular motion on each tooth rather than a horizontal motion across a row of teeth.
- Use a regular fluoride toothpaste. Some whitening toothpastes cause the enamel and gums to wear down. Some “natural” toothpastes don’t contain fluoride which is essential for cavity prevention. Dr. Kim can recommend the right toothpaste for you.
- Don’t rinse. Fluoride takes a little time to work, so if you rinse it off of your teeth immediately after applying it, you are losing the benefits. Spit out the excess and let your saliva naturally get rid of the rest.
Flossing is very important to your oral health, but many patients still don’t do it consistently. Flossing can be uncomfortable and cause bleeding for people who don’t do it regularly, but these symptoms stop if you keep up with it. Making flossing a habit is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums.