Professional cleanings, exams and regular x-rays performed by Dr. Keith Grote or one of our hygienists are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. But we know that the success of professional dental care hinges very much on the care that you continue with at home.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Brushing should occur at least two times a day — or after any meal. It's important to remember to wait about 30 minutes after eating or drinking acidic foods, as the acid combined with brushing can sometimes damage the enamel on your teeth. Waiting for at least 30 minutes and making sure you have had some water to drink helps ensure that your saliva and the water you drink will rinse the acids off the teeth.
When you brush, set a timer or use a mobile app to make sure that you are brushing the full 2 minutes that are recommended.
Don't Forget That Floss!
Flossing is just as important as daily brushing. When we eat, food gets lodged between the teeth and brushing won't be able to get it out. Flossing is the only way to remove those food particles, and ensure that the food doesn't remain between the teeth, breaking down enamel and causing decay. There are several great tools to use in flossing; there is traditional string floss, and there are handled flossers that can make it easier — especially if you are on the go.