Home Dental Care

The term dental homecare refers to the process of caring for teeth while at home to achieve good oral hygiene. Good oral care habits can be established by anyone willing to carve a few minutes out each day to make the most of their oral hygiene routine. By brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash daily, and seeing your dentist every 6 months, you’ll set yourself with a good foundation for good oral hygiene.

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What happens with Poor Oral Home Care

When you don’t brush your teeth daily or you neglect to visit the dentist, you risk having bad breath. This can not only be unpleasant for you but for those close to you. Bad breath might be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition. The smell of bad breath or halitosis as it’s called scientifically, stems from a lot of things but the most common cause is due to poor tooth brushing habits. Whether that be not brushing often enough or brushing your teeth incorrectly.

Brushing your teeth is an effective and easy way to remove food debris from your teeth. This debris can cause the buildup of bacteria and cause bad breath. That’s why we recommend brushing at least twice a day along with flossing.

There are many side effects of poor oral home care that can lead to some serious problems. Toothaches and tooth decay are two very common issues. If you’re experiencing any pain while chewing, you should definitely consult with your dentist immediately. If left untreated, toothaches can be painful and will worsen over time. Periodontal disease also known as gum disease can also occur if someone has poor oral hygiene habits.  In certain cases where gum disease is left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing food or speaking. 

Older people are more likely to experience the effects of poor oral home care, but they also tend to be more aware about their health. Having good oral home care is critical in preventing this. Eating healthy is a great way to ensure that you are getting proper oral health care. This is important to help prevent tooth erosion and cavities that many people get as they age.

How to take care of your teeth at home

There are many ways to care for your teeth at home. Some examples include:

  • Brushing with the proper technique: Two minutes of brushing twice a day will help you rid your teeth of harmful plaque and food debris. The proper technique is to brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle with short strokes. Brush against your gumline, the inner surface of your teeth, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Diet: Proper oral health is closely tied to your overall health, so it only makes sense that a proper diet would be beneficial for your oral health. Eating foods calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables and phosphorous-filled foods like fish and meat can be good for strengthening your teeth.
  • Mouthwashes: Using mouthwash does come with several benefits. It helps get rid bacteria, removes food particles, and leaves your breath smelling minty fresh. However, you should never use mouthwash as a substitute for proper tooth brushing.

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