Good Oral Health Care Starts at Home!
A good general dentist like Howard Carrico DDS can help you with a litany of dental care options but you should think of your dentist as your partner in good oral health, which means you must do your part. Dr. Carrico serves patients from Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, Haleiwa and surrounding areas. His recommended care plan for home includes:
- Regular 2-minute tooth brushing
- Tooth flossing
- Oral rinse treatments
General dentistry can help you prevent and treat oral health problems and when you combine it with a great at home care plan you get the best results.
Brushing Your Teeth
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you use a medium to soft bristle toothbrush, a toothpaste containing fluoride and that you brush for at least 2 minutes. You should brush first thing in the morning and after every meal. Brush before going to bed and use an oral rinse treatment that you can purchase over the counter to help coat your teeth while you sleep. Most people do not spend nearly enough time brushing. Set a timer!
Talk to Dr. Carrico about which toothbrush is best for your teeth.
No one seems to like to floss but it is such an important part of taking care of your teeth! If you are uncomfortable flossing use a coated variety that makes it easier to slide through your teeth. Ask Dr. Carrico the best way to floss.
Rinsing Your Mouth
Unfortunately, it is not always practical to brush after a meal but you should at least rinse your mouth after every time you eat to remove loose food particles and any sugary residue.
Dr. Carrico can help you come up with a home dental care plan that will improve your dental health! Call today for an appointment!