Here at Long Beach Smiles, we are all about helping our patients achieve their cleanest, healthiest, happiest smile ever! We get to be involved with your smile journey through checkups, cleanings, consultation, oral procedures, and any other clinical dental needs you may have.  While we recommend that most of our patients come into our office for a routine cleaning and check in every six months or so, it is important for you to maintain your oral health between visits!

During your dental appointment with us, we will be able to make specific hygiene routine recommendations for your individual dental needs and concerns. However, there are a few basic steps that we recommend to all of our patients. To help you take care of your smile between dental appointments, we have put together this guide to an effective daily oral care routine.

Finding the Right Toothbrush

Of course, all of our patients know that they should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day, typically in the morning and at night before bed. We also recommend brushing your teeth after lunch if possible, especially if you are eating highly pigmented foods that can stain your teeth.

When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for your needs, you’ll want to consider factors like age, tooth and gum sensitivity, and your specific oral health concerns. For example, younger patients typically need smaller toothbrushes in order to effectively and comfortably brush. If you have sensitive gums or are healing from a wound, we may recommend that you opt for a toothbrush with softer bristles. No matter which brush you choose, make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three months, or more frequently if you have been sick to avoid the spread of germs.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

There are so many toothpaste options out there, and it can be challenging to the find the one that is right for you. We will be able to make specific recommendations about toothpastes during your dental appointment, but no matter what it is a good idea for you to be familiar with the most common active ingredients in toothpaste. For example, baking soda is an ingredient that can help prevent gum disease and fight the formation of plaque. Other toothpastes that promise to help whiten your teeth can be effective, but can also cause discomfort for sensitive teeth. Be sure to ask your dentist about the best choices for you!

Is brushing enough?

While brushing your teeth is extremely important, you can’t stop there! We ask our patients to floss at least once per day. Flossing is an important part of any daily oral hygiene routine. If food particles get stuck between your teeth, they can cause a lot of damage and painful cavities! Floss is also very portable, so many of our patients even carry it with them to use after eating meals away from home.

In addition to brushing and flossing, we often recommend that our patients add a mouthwash to their routine. Just like toothpaste, mouthwashes have all kinds of different active ingredients to help address specific oral concerns.

We hope this quick guide to building a great daily oral routine will help you maintain your beautiful smile! If you’d like to learn more about your personal oral care needs, schedule your next dental appointment with us today!