North River Dental Care

Easy Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene

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It doesn't take a bunch of time or money to maintain healthy teeth and strong gums! Here are four simple ways to improve your dental hygiene:

Floss Every Day

Daily flossing is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your oral health. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth and under your gums where your toothbrush can’t reach. Doing so will reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which is the #1 of adult tooth loss. We recommend finding the method of flossing that you will actually do every day! This could be string flossing, water flossing, a floss pick, or a combination.

Brush Your Tongue

You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. When you brush your teeth, remember to give your tongue a good brush too! Brushing the surface of your tongue will remove any lingering bacteria, which will freshen your breath and help protect your teeth and gums.

Use Mouthwash

Swishing with an alcohol-free mouthwash helps remove remaining bits of food and freshens your breath. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol since they can cause dry mouth and can feel uncomfortable to use. A mouthwash with fluoride can provide extra cavity protection and an anti-gingivitis mouthwash can fight bacteria.

Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months

Using your toothbrush at least twice a day means the bristles won’t last forever. It’s important to switch your brush for a new one every three months or earlier if the bristles fray. Worn out bristles won't clean your teeth as effectively.

Comprehensive Oral Healthcare at North River Dental Care in Fredericksburg, VA

Maintaining a superb dental hygiene routine at home and keeping up with regular cleanings and exams at the dentist will keep your smile strong and healthy. At your dental visits we’ll clean your smile, check for any problems, and answer any questions you may have. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team at North River Dental Care!

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