Home Care

Everyone wants a movie star smile: bright, white teeth, fresh breath, and healthy, pink gums. While going to the dentist for routine check-ups and professional cleanings can contribute to achieving a visibly beautiful smile, practicing regular oral health care at home is the secret to maintaining strong teeth and gums between dental visits. Check out these simple home oral care tips from the dental team at Center Ridge Dental that can make a big difference in the overall health and beauty of your smile.

What is Home Oral Care?

How you care for your smile between bi-annual dental exams matters. Home oral care is simple and only takes a few minutes each day to maintain a healthy smile. A few habit changes and a mindful daily lifestyle are all it takes to keep your mouth happy and healthy.


Oral Hygiene at Home Guidelines

Oral hygiene at home doesn't have to be complicated. Keep these tips in mind to make caring for your smile easy, convenient, and, most importantly, effective:

  • Brush teeth twice a day: Brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed is important to remove food particles and bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. To get the best results for your daily brushing routine, be sure to use a soft-bristled electric toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste, don't brush too hard or too often, and avoid brushing immediately after eating acidic foods

    1. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums
    2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth
    3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
    4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Floss at least once a day: Flossing is essential to removing plaque from the crevices between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. For strong, healthy gums, don't forget to floss.

    1. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
    2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
    3. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
  • Rinsing after brushing: 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 its appropriateness for you.
  • Drink plenty of water: Water plays an important role in the well-being of your mouth. Along with washing away food and bacteria, water also aids in saliva production, which is critical in preventing acid erosion, cavities, and gum disease.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet: We all know that acidic and sugary foods are bad for our teeth, but did you know that certain foods can actually protect and strengthen your teeth? While milk and cheese can give your teeth the protein and vitamin D they need to stay strong, high-fiber fruits and vegetables are great at scrubbing away bacteria and helping your mouth produce saliva. 

  • Avoid bad oral health habits: Smoking, excessive drinking, chewing on inedible objects such as pens, chewing hard candy or ice, and playing contact sports without a mouth guard increase your risk of oral health issues.

Benefits of Home Oral Care

Taking care of your smile on a regular basis at home can have benefits that last a lifetime, including:

  • Reducing oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion

  • Saving money in the long run on restorative dental treatments

  • Maintaining beautiful teeth, strong gums, and fresh breath

  • Boosting self-esteem


Visit Center Ridge Dental for Routine Checkups  

Along with the home oral care tips listed above, seeking professional dental treatment at the first sign of an oral health concern is the best way to prevent minor dental problems from progressing into significant ones. For more tips on caring for your smile at home and the best in preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry when you need professional assistance, Dr. Arndt and his trusted team at Center Ridge Dental are here for you. Contact us today to schedule your next routine dental exam and professional cleaning today!