Maintaining a healthy smile depends on what happens between your visits with us. Anyone committed to carving out a few minutes each day can establish good home care habits. Like regular exercise, consistency is the key to building a healthy habit. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once daily is standard for ideal home care.
With so many products on the market today, it can be confusing to sort them out alone. Your hygienist can help you narrow down the endless options and form a home care plan that fits your personal needs. Will an electric toothbrush help you keep your mouth cleaner between professional visits? Based on your unique chemistry, would a prescription toothpaste help reduce plaque? Many factors fit into a plan to maximize your time and effort to keep your smile healthy.
Some patients considered high-risk for dental problems benefit from even more customized routines. Simple, inexpensive substitutions can dramatically reduce the risk and symptoms of periodontal disease. For example, Xylitol, when used in the right dosages, can minimize cavities in children and adults.