Oral Hygiene Basics

Healthy teeth require a lifetime of care. At Alencar Family Dentistry, we help patients stay in excellent oral health by extending preventative care and educating them on good oral habits. We recommend that you visit our dental office for teeth cleaning at least once in six months so that we can remove plaque buildup and tartar, keeping your mouth healthy and clean.

Here are a few measures that you can do at home to keep your mouth healthy.

  • Brush Properly

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush especially before going to bed to help get rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

The method of brushing is of primary importance. Take some time, and move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it could harden, leading to the buildup of calculus and gum disease.

Make sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride works by fighting germs that can cause decay and provides a protective barrier for your teeth.

  • Clean Your Tongue

Plaque can also accumulate on your tongue. This can cause a foul mouth odor and other oral health problems. Therefore, brush your tongue as you brush your teeth.

  • Floss

Flossing between your teeth is just as essential as brushing your teeth. It stimulates the gums, removes plaque and debris from between teeth, and helps lower inflammation.

  • Use a Mouthwash

A good mouthwash helps in three ways: It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans difficult areas in and around the gums, and remineralizes the teeth. 

  • Eat Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain healthy fiber, which will be good for your teeth. We at Alencar Family Dentistry suggest that you eat a diet consisting of green leafy vegetables, dairy, protein, and nuts since they can help remineralize and strengthen your teeth.

  • Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods

Sugar gets converted into acid in the mouth, which could erode the tooth’s enamel. These acids are responsible for the development of cavities. Acidic fruits, tea, and coffee could also wear down tooth enamel. 

  • Drink Lots of Water

Water is the best beverage for your general health, including oral health. You should drink lots of water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the harmful effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.

  • Have Regular Checkups and Cleanings

You should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups at least once every six months. Not only can a dentist detect cavities, but they can also clean and remove the tartar from your teeth. They could also identify potential issues and offer treatment solutions.

For more tips on how to maintain a healthy mouth, call (757) 546-0301 and schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Jayme Alencar Oliveira.


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