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Ask a General Dentistry Expert: What’s the Best Way to Care for My Teeth at Home?

by | Apr 28, 2023 | General Dentistry

We all know that we’re supposed to brush and floss our teeth every day. But are there other things we should be doing to ensure a healthy smile? Though brushing and flossing are key, regular general dentistry visits are also an essential component of oral health. And there actually are proper ways to brush and floss. 

Dr. Ann Pham and Dr. Halan Tran of Miracle Dental have transformed over 10,000 smiles in their two decades of experience. Though patients benefit tremendously from their clinical expertise, they are also dedicated to patient education. When you visit our Las Vegas, NV, office, they are always happy to answer questions and provide guidance on maintaining your oral health

To speak to one of our general dentistry experts, or to schedule an appointment, contact Miracle Dental today.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

Be sure to choose a toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. All ADA-approved toothpastes must contain fluoride, a key mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. 

Beyond that, look for toothpastes that meet any specific needs you may have. For instance, you can find anti-sensitivity toothpastes, whitening toothpastes, and products that are suitable for toddlers and young children.

Is there a right and a wrong way to brush my teeth?

Though the most important thing is to brush, there is actually a correct way to do it.

  • First, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush, as hard bristles can damage your enamel.
  • Hold the toothbrush 45 degrees from your gums.
  • Use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush across the width of your teeth. Don’t forget the sides, backs, and chewing surfaces! 
  • Give your tongue a brush to remove odor-causing bacteria.
  • Rinse your mouth with water.

What about flossing? Am I doing that correctly?

To floss properly, make sure you are using about 18 inches of floss. Wrap the ends around your middle fingers, and wind the floss around them as you go so that each area of your mouth gets cleaned with a fresh section of floss. Gently push the floss towards your gums. When you get to the gum line, move the floss along the base of each tooth.

Do I need to use mouthwash, too?

Mouthwash is not essential, but it can certainly be helpful! These products can help remove bacteria from hard-to-access areas, like between the teeth. They can also help if you suffer from chronic bad breath.

What about my diet? Is there anything I should change to protect my teeth?

The foods that lead to tooth decay include, not only sugary foods, but all refined carbohydrates. Carbs like white bread, rice, and even natural sugars, break down quickly in the mouth, providing a ready source of food for oral bacteria. 

Acidic foods are also detrimental, since the acid can wear down your tooth enamel and increase your risk for decay. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, blueberries, and – most notorious – sodas are all high in acid. 

Though you don’t need to eliminate these foods entirely, you should enjoy them in moderation, drink water simultaneously, and brush your teeth about 30 minutes after finishing your meal.

Schedule Your General Dentistry Appointment Today

To learn more general dentistry tips or to schedule an exam and cleaning, contact Miracle Dental. 

You can reach us online or call (702) 456-0056.