Oral Health Dentist for Healthy Teeth and GumsAs 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 BrushingDaily 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.