Proper home care is the key…
A good oral hygiene routine practiced for a few minutes twice a day can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay. When choosing dental care products, look for those that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The Seal of Acceptance is your assurance the product meets the ADA’s criteria for safety and effectiveness for its intended use.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. With thorough brushing, you can remove plaque from the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Dr. Berdy or your dental hygienist can show you a proper brushing technique if you have any questions.
- Clean between teeth once a day with dental floss or another interdental cleaner to remove plaque and debris from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Rubber tip stimulators are also great tools to aid in cleaning your gums.
- If you need extra help controlling gingivitis and plaque that forms above the gum line, your dentist may recommend using an ADA-accepted antimicrobial mouthrinse or other oral hygiene aids as an effective addition to your daily oral hygiene routine.
- Eat a balanced diet for good general health and limit snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps bacteria along the gum line.