Oral Hygiene for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Father Daughter BrushingYou have the choice to follow your dentist’s instructions or not. If you brush twice daily, floss every day, and even rinse with antibacterial mouthwash now and then, you get a gold star. If you visit the Corona dentists at Dental Associates of Corona every six months, you’re really scoring points. For the best oral health, you’ll want to strike a balance between remaining gentle with your teeth and still going the extra mile to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

Wash that Plaque Right out of your Mouth

Once you’ve got the twice-a-day brushing thing down, you can begin to focus on making sure that each oral hygiene session lasts for two solid minutes. By halting plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and at your gumline, you stand a great chance of avoiding gum disease and tooth decay. Plaque is sticky and tartar is as hard as cement, however, so we would never expect you to clean it all off at home. Some residual biofilm will remain on your teeth no matter how much you brush and floss, which is why you need to see your dental hygienist regularly. Fluoridated toothpaste will help keep your tooth enamel strong in between dental checkups.

Eat and Drink Smartly

Streptococcus mutans are bacteria in your mouth that consume sugar and create acid. Several foods and beverages that contain sugar are also acidic, so you will end up with a double dose of tooth enamel damage if your diet is high in acid. To keep your teeth cavity free, include acid neutralizing foods into your menu plan. Examples would include dairy products which coat your teeth with calcium and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) that will clean teeth of debris and encourage you to chew more, ramping up your natural saliva production. If you do eat or drink something high in acid, allow 30 minutes before brushing your teeth so that your tooth enamel can re-mineralize.

Dental Checkups from Corona Dentists

To schedule a consultation with your Corona, CA general dentists for any of your dental needs, contact our  dentist office today by calling (951) 273-9580. We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to ensure optimum oral health, and we welcome patients from Corona and surrounding communities.