Are you ready to make your dental health a main priority? Even a small amount of extra effort at home can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Our Commack dentist, Dr. Steven R. Feigelson, along with the rest of our team of staff, is here to help you with any dental hygiene advice that you may need. Many of the most common dental conditions, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, begin to develop because of a lack of dental hygiene. Not taking care of your teeth properly can result in a build up of harmful bacteria that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, and invade and infect your gums and the bone in your jaw. In order to prevent these and other dental issues, the work truly begins at home.
Firstly, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal. Our Commack dentist recommends choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. When you brush, keep the toothbrush pointed at the gumline, and brush gently in a simple circular motion, being careful to give each tooth the attention it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. It is also important to brush your tongue to detach any bacteria that may have made their home there throughout the day. Flossing is also a key part of dental hygiene that many patients tend to ignore. Brushing alone is not enough to remove stubborn bacteria and food debris, and so flossing is crucial to removing plaque and tartar buildup. If you are not a fan of flossing, try some of the many tools that are now available to make flossing easier—such as dental flossers—essentially dental floss with an easy-to-grip handle allowing you to easily guide the floss between each and every tooth. You may also want to consider adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your daily oral hygiene regimen. Dr. Feigelson can give you recommendations about mouthwashes that are dentist-approved and actually make a difference.
Monitoring your diet can also make a big difference in avoiding issues like dental decay. Staying away from sugary, sticky foods is helpful, along with limited or no use of tobacco products. In addition to taking care of your dental hygiene at home, you should also be visiting our Commack dentist for regular cleanings and examinations in order to keep your teeth in tip top shape. We hope to see you for a visit with us soon.