Brushing and Flossing

Oral hygiene.Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, so naturally, you want your smile to be healthy and attractive. At Columbia Family Dentist, our talented dentists proudly provide excellent general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services for healthy smiles to families in Columbia, MD and the surrounding communities.

Along with regularly visiting your Columbia family dentist, doing a great job with your oral hygiene will maintain the health of your smile. This involves brushing and flossing your teeth well every day. As your local Columbia, MD dentist, we offer the following information to help you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.

Maintaining Good Oral Health

When you visit our Columbia office, your dentist and hygienist will look for any problems with your teeth and gums and evaluate your overall oral health by pointing out trouble spots and offering preventative tips to keep your smile healthy. In between these regular dental visits, you need to do a great job of keeping your smile clean and healthy by maintaining a regular brushing & flossing routine.

  • How to Brush Your Teeth Brush and Floss. You should be brushing your teeth thoroughly after each meal and before bedtime. You should floss your teeth at least once per day. By maintaining this type of brushing and flossing routine every day, you will be removing plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth to keep them healthy and strong. If the harmful bacteria found in plaque is not removed, it can turn sugars from the foods you eat into destructive acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause tooth decay, gingivitis, or other gum diseases.
  • Ensure You're Getting Enough Fluoride. Fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger and helps prevent tooth decay in both children and adults. We recommend always using fluoride toothpaste – even if your main source of drinking water is fluoridated. If you need more fluoride, it can be applied directly onto your teeth here at our Columbia family dentistry office.
  • How to Floss Your Teeth Cut Down on In-Between Meal Snacks. The fuel for bacteria that causes tooth decay is the sugar that is present in snacks. When sugary snacks are consumed throughout the day, the bacteria is constantly attacking the enamel on teeth to significantly raise the risk of tooth decay development. Therefore, it's best to limit how many snacks you eat between meals. If you must eat sugary treats, try to limit your consumption to mealtimes and don't forget to brush after each meal!
  • Use a Therapeutic Mouth Rinse. Unlike many cosmetic mouth rinses that only help mask bad breath or unpleasant tastes in your mouth, a therapeutic mouth rinse can help improve your oral hygiene while fighting bad breath and making your mouth taste fresh. A therapeutic mouth rinse contains anti-bacterial and cavity-fighting ingredients. In addition to your regular brushing and flossing routine, Dr. Sahil Goyal recommends using a therapeutic mouth rinse that has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities.
  • Kick the Tobacco Habit. Regardless if it's smoked or chewed, tobacco greatly increases your risk for developing oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. It would be very advantageous to kick the habit once and for all, as it's widely known that using tobacco causes all types of serious and even fatal health problems like heart disease and lung cancer.
  • Keep an Eye On Your Mouth. Once you're in the habit of doing a great job with your oral hygiene, you will quickly notice any changes in your mouth like red or swollen gums, chipped teeth, or unusual sores. If you discover something of concern, please contact our dental office right away to schedule an appointment. Seeing your dentist for early treatment is always best when dealing with any problems with your mouth.

Visit Your Family Dentist In Columbia, MD 

Along with providing you information to properly care for your mouth, our team of doctors at Columbia Family Dentist all work toward one goal: to provide each of our patients with quality dental care that's individualized to perfectly meet your unique dental needs. Whether you're interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign or need a family dentist to care for your children's oral health, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us today!

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