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You probably know that it’s important to care for your teeth every day to remove the plaque and tartar that can lead to decay and gum disease. Incidentally, even if you do everything you can at home, you should still visit your dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning. They’ll be able to remove plaque that you can’t clean on your own.

But, what can you do to make your at-home care as efficient as possible? What exactly is a good oral care routine?

Arguably, nothing you can do is better for your smile than brushing and flossing. We recommend brushing morning and night, for two minutes at a time. However, when you brush at night, please wait at least half an hour before you brush. When you eat, your teeth could become vulnerable and brushing could damage the outer layer.

We also recommend using proper brushing technique—using small circular motions, starting in different places every time you brush, and brushing for two minutes at a time. Similarly, you should floss between all of your teeth, making sure to clean near the gum line.

Other products may also be useful. For example, many mouthwashes are designed to fight off bacteria and to strengthen your teeth. Similarly, a plaque disclosing agent discolors plaque, making it easier to spot and therefore easier to remove. If you are interested in learning about these products, we recommend speaking with your dentist.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can care for your smile, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.