One of the common questions we hear from our dental patients here at Jackson Dental in Lapeer is: “How can I properly care for my teeth?”
We’ve answered your questions by putting together some information on how to properly brush, floss and choose toothpaste that is best for your dental health.
Brushing: Everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day – once before going to bed and once in the morning. Night-time tooth brushing before going to sleep is especially important because it will prevent bacteria in your mouth from building up and attacking your tooth enamel all night. Teeth should be brushed from side to side, and in circular motions so as to cover each entire tooth. As your Lapeer dentist will tell you, it is important to remember that brushing your teeth too hard can damage them or make them sensitive.
Flossing: You should floss once each day. This is an often overlooked part of dental hygiene, but flossing is incredibly important to your teeth and gums. Flossing can help remove plaque from your teeth, keep your gums healthy, and avoid costly problems like gum disease and gingivitis. Protecting your gums now can protect your whole mouth in the long run.
Choosing the right toothpaste: There are many different kinds of toothpaste on the market – including everything from “tartar control” to “whitening” to “toothpaste for sensitive teeth,” and all in a variety of flavors, colors, and textures. Many people don’t know where to begin. Your dentist at Jackson Dental can recommend a toothpaste that is right for you – and your Lapeer cosmetic dentist can even write you a prescription for special toothpaste well-suited to your needs.
To schedule an appointment for your routine cleaning or to learn more about dental hygiene, give us a call at Jackson Dental, dental professionals providing services in cosmetic dentistry, restorations, teeth whitening, and general dentistry for patients in Lapeer, MI.