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Tips from your Murphy dentist: How to take care of your teeth and gums properly at home

At Parkside Dental, we offer a variety of dentistry services, from restorative to cosmetic, all aimed at helping you maintain oral health and a beautiful smile. Whether it’s replacing missing teeth, filling a cavity, or straightening your smile, we’ve got you covered. We encourage all of our patients to visit our office twice yearly for a general check-up so we can professionally clean your teeth and check for any early signs of decay or disease. By visiting us every six months, you are setting a great foundation for oral health, but total dental care doesn’t stop with a dentist visit. You can take many steps at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent dental issues from arising.

The following is a list of at-home oral care tips that will help you keep plaque and tartar from building up on the teeth and causing issues.

  1. Brush your teeth properly. Many people pick up a toothbrush twice each day, but not everyone practices proper brushing techniques. You should be using a soft bristle toothbrush, angled at 45 degrees to the gum. Brush teeth in a circular motion, making sure to move it over all of the surfaces. Don’t skip over the tongue as that can help eliminate bacteria and keep your breath fresh!

  2. Floss daily. Flossing is one of the most overlooked pieces of oral healthcare and is one of the most important. Food debris can be stuck between the teeth and is often impossible to remove by brushing alone. To floss properly, use about a foot of your favorite dental floss, and wrap it around your index fingers, leaving several inches of slack. Gently slide the floss between your teeth and slide up and down them all the way to the gum line.

  3. Rinse. We understand that you may not always be in a position to brush your teeth after you eat. Rinsing after meals and after you brush and floss is important to maintaining a clean mouth.

  4. Proper nutrition. Eating a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is an important part of preventing decay. Foods high in sugar can damage the teeth and they should be avoided.

  5. Limit caffeine and alcohol. Both substances can stain the teeth and can contribute to sleep disorders, which have been linked to increased risk of tooth grinding that can wear down your teeth.
By combining regular dental care with at home care, you can make sure that you enjoy a happy and healthy mouth. If you are in the Murphy area, call us today to schedule your appointment.

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