Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

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Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Maintaining good habits to benefit your smile is a vital part of your oral and overall health. You need to know the best way to keep your teeth white and free from decay and your gums healthy. Dr. Alexander W. Smith of The Family Dentist, located in Westminster, CO answers some frequently asked questions about keeping good oral hygiene habits.

Am I using the right toothbrush?

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. An angle-head toothbrush can give you the best reach over your teeth and gums. You should replace your toothbrush every three months or when it begins to show signs of wear.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this will help to strengthen your teeth. Toothpaste that contains whiteners can help to remove daily stains and keep your teeth brighter.

How often should I brush?

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you have recently eaten, wait at least thirty minutes before brushing.

Do I really need to floss?

Yes, flossing is very important for controlling plaque build-up. If you feel uncomfortable using string floss, try floss picks or a water flosser.

How often do I need to see my dentist?

You should get a check-up every six months. This gives your dentist time to find any problems, such as tooth decay, and treat them as soon as possible. It also gives you a chance to get a professional cleaning. Many Westminster residents book their bi-annual check-ups ahead of time so that they can be sure to get an appointment when they need one.

Our Westminster office is currently closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. If you have a dental emergency call Dr. Smith at (303) 427-8690.