Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
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Tips for Home Dental Care

July 24, 2021
Posted By: Arcadia Dentistry
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General and preventive dentistry are about more than visiting your dentist in Phoenix, AZ. For best results, you’ll also want to adopt an excellent at-home routine to complement your exams and teeth cleanings.  

Let’s explore a few ways you can improve your at-home routine.

Recommendations for At-Home Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ

Good oral hygiene lowers your risks for cavities and gum disease. It can also reduce tooth staining and yellowing to give you a whiter and brighter smile.

Yes, besides lowering your risks for preventable conditions, excellent oral care helps make you a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, including professional teeth whitening.

Your dentist recommends brushing and flossing after each meal—or at least two teeth brushings and one flossing per day. During these sessions, it’s important to spend time on each tooth, brushing all sides. You’ll also want to use a fresh piece of floss for each pass-through to prevent moving bacteria from one place to another.

At-Home Healthy Habits

We recommended limiting sugars and acids, often found in fruit juices and snacks. If you indulge, always rinse your mouth or add another brushing and flossing session to your routine.

It’s also important to use your teeth for chewing and nothing more. Don’t attempt to twist off stubborn bottle caps or chew on hard objects.

If you compete in sports, always wear a mouthguard or the proper face gear, and talk to your dentist near me if you grind and clench your teeth or notice a clicking sound in your jaw joint. This can be TMJ, which can get progressively worse without treatment from your dentist.

Is It Time for Your Next Checkup?

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why your dentist in Arcadia, AZ recommends collaboration between you and our team! Together, we can help you achieve a healthy and lasting smile.  

Call today to schedule your next exam.

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