Home Dental Care Advice
There are steps that you can take to keep your teeth healthy at home. Dental care involves more than just seeing your dentist twice a year, to have a healthy mouth, dental care needs to be continuously done at home. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we understand that an important aspect of dentistry is educating our patients on their oral health and how the steps they take can have a strong impact. Working with our team, including a specialist at Cameo and our professional hygienist, we can show you tips and offer advice on caring for your teeth between visits. Working together, we can help you have a healthier, longer lasting smile.
Brushing Your TeethBrushing your teeth needs to be part of your normal daily routine. Some patients may find that it is best to brush after each meal, but the minimum should be twice a day. We recommend brushing your teeth after you wake each morning and before you retire to bed each night. Brushing your teeth is the single biggest thing you can do to help protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria.
Bacteria ExposureOur teeth are exposed to many bacteria, from chewing, breathing, and speaking. The body has created a defense to fight bacteria, which is saliva, but this does not eliminate the need for brushing. Plaque is a naturally developed material that builds up in our mouths and bacteria loves it. As we chew food, it blends with saliva and most is swallowed, but bits remain. These bits are broken down into the white substance that gathers along the rim of our teeth and gums, it is known as plaque. Plaque is an ideal spot for bacteria to thrive. As bacteria remains, it causes decay to our teeth. Plaque needs to be brushed away at least twice a day. Plaque that is not removed will dry and harden into a material known as tartar or calculus. Hardened plaque is difficult to remove and should only be removed by a hygienist who is trained to remove it without damaging the enamel.
Brushing TipsThe goal for tooth brushing is to remove plaque and any leftover food debris. There are some tips and tricks that you can do to increase the benefit of brushing your teeth. We recommend:
Flossing Your TeethFollowing brushing, flossing is the next most important step in your home dental care routine. Flossing needs to be done to maintain a healthy mouth. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we would like our patients to floss at the end of each day. This is to remove any food or plaque that is between your teeth. There are some tips that can improve your flossing.
Additional Home Care TipsThere are numerous products and tools that can assist in your home oral health care. Patients find that mouthwash assists in reducing a number of bacteria in their mouth while freshening their breath. They also find the assistance of water piks and other tools to be helpful in removing debris. All of these products and tools are the same purpose as brushing and flossing, to remove bacteria and debris.
Educating our patients on their home dental care is an important aspect of preventive care. We are happy to review your level of decay and offer individualized daily routine plans. For more information on home dental care, contact a specialist at Cameo at Cameo Dental Specialists. Our staff is here to assist you in scheduling appointments and answering your questions. (708) 456-7787
The Cameo doctors who lead our experienced and highly trained staff provide exceptional care in a friendly and comfortable environment.
Call Cameo Dental Specialists today to schedule an appointment at one of our 4 locations.
7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, IL 60525
910 W. Van Buren Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607