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Oral Health Dentist for Healthy Teeth and Gums

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As your dentist office, you know that we are fully committed to your dental care. We do not want you to neglect your dental hygiene needs at home. For our patients who want to know how to take care of their teeth between office visits, here are a few guidelines to ensure that your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy.

Teeth Brushing

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Daily brushing is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. Ideally, you should thoroughly brush your teeth after each meal and snack.

Using a soft bristled brush and toothpaste, carefully clean each side of the tooth using circular motions. You should be able to remove all of the food particles from your teeth without brushing too vigorously. Brushing your teeth too hard or with a tough-bristled toothbrush can irritate and even damage your gums.

Children in particular should use fluoride toothpaste. Columbus residents do receive some fluoride from the city’s water supply. However, some communities outside Columbus, Ohio do not use fluoridation in their water supply. If your community does not provide residents with fluoride, talk to your dentist to make sure that your child’s teeth receive adequate protection.

You should avoid brushing your teeth after eating highly acidic foods. The acid in certain foods and beverages can soften the enamel of your teeth. If you are worried about the acid of your food damaging your teeth, rinse your mouth with water after eating acidic foods or drinking beverages like lemonade or wine. Then, in fifteen minutes, you can brush your teeth without damaging the enamel.

Rinsing

Although we encourage you to brush your teeth after each meal, we understand that sometimes this is not possible. If you are away from home and do not have a toothbrush on hand, a simple rinse with water can remove some of the larger food particles from your teeth. Rinsing your teeth is not as effective as brushing, of course, but it can help prevent cavities by removing particles that would otherwise cling to your teeth all day.

Flossing

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Dentists do not just tell you that flossing is important in order to make your life more difficult. Flossing makes sure that your teeth are fully clean. Proper daily flossing can prevent both cavities and gum disease.

If you have been neglecting your flossing, the first few days that you floss you might notice some blood in your saliva. This is a sign that your gums have been irritated by the trapped food particles that brushing has missed. If your gums continue to bleed after a few days of flossing, contact your dentist for an appointment to make sure there is not a more serious issue.

Establish good dental hygiene habits. Floss once a day, whenever it is most convenient for you. Once you start flossing every day, it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth. If you are unsure how to properly floss your teeth, Dr. Fixari or one of our dental hygienists can advise you on the proper technique