By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Whitley at our Dallas dental office, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
Brushing and Flossing
Regular brushing and flossing removes the plaque and calculus that causes dental decay and gum disease. It helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums and prevent periodontal disease, decay, bad breath, and staining/discoloration.
Brush a minimum of twice daily for two full minutes, paying extra attention to the gumline and any problem areas. Floss a minimum of once daily, forming a c-shape with the floss and focusing on the gumline.
You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line
Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush
It may not surprise you to learn that most people using a traditional toothbrush will not spend a full two minutes brushing or will spend too much time in one area and not enough time in another area. Quality electric toothbrushes have a two-minute timer and most have a 30-second quad timer to ensure the user is spending adequate time on all areas. Electric toothbrushes also clean along and under the gums better than a manual toothbrush. Some have pressure sensors to help avoid brushing too hard.