Dr. Lucio Kim believes that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health, however, we also understand that optimum oral health begins at home. You and your dentist are partners, and together with regular cleanings and checkups, and an excellent home care routine, you can prevent a number of oral health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Your dentist in Glendale offers tips for the best oral care techniques.
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
Proper brushing technique is just as important as how often you brush your teeth. An electric toothbrush is a great option because it does the brushing work for you and it also times you to make sure that your brushing for the recommended 2 minutes, or thirty seconds per quadrant. Hygienists report that patients who use an electric toothbrush typically have less plaque buildup in between visits. An electric toothbrush is a small but important investment to make in your oral health.
Don't Forget to Floss
Flossing is important in order to remove plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. Believe it or not, you can actually get cavities in between your teeth. Flossing also promotes healthy gums, reducing your chances of developing gum disease.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Our doctors are telling us this all the time for our overall health, however, did you know that eating fruits and vegetables is also good for your oral health? This is because they actually neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay. Fruits and veggies also increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away food debris and bacteria in your mouth.
Add an Antibacterial Rinse to Your Home Care Routine
Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse is an easy and quick thing you can do to improve home care routine. It gives you added protection against the acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay, and as a bonus, you also get fresh breath. Be sure to discuss with your dentist which rinse is right for you as not all of them are created equal.
Dr. Kim and his team are here for you! We look forward to seeing you at your next cleaning and checkup appointment where we'll share more great tips and education about maintaining your oral health. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.