Simple and Effective Dental Hygiene Tips From Our Chicago Dentist

Written by Dr. Szurgot on Aug 25, 2015

Taking care of your smile requires thoroughness and diligence. Our Chicago dentist is here to help you care for your smile with top-notch oral hygiene. So keep reading to get useful tips that you can use in your daily oral hygiene routine.

You probably already know that you need to be brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. When you brush your teeth, you help to clear away plaque from your dental enamel and your gum tissue. The American Dental Association recommends that you do this so that you can give your smile a fresh start twice a day—plaque builds up both during the day and at night as you are sleeping.

Now, at night you should add a step: flossing before your brush. When you floss, you remove plaque from between your teeth and along your gum line. By flossing first, you dislodge dental debris and plaque, so that you can then easily brush it away.

Some people also add a mouth rinse into their daily routines. Your dentist can help you decide whether a mouth rinse is right for you, and, if so, what kind of rinse will be best for your smile.

Here’s one more tip that is important to keep in mind; when trying to clean dental debris from between your teeth, do not use wooden or metal toothpicks. These implements can actually cause dental damage (like micro-scratches in dental enamel and cuts in gum tissue). Rather than relying on toothpicks, please use floss, or swish water between your teeth.

If you want to learn even more about the things that you can do to improve your oral health, please contact our Chicago dentist office. Our friendly dental team is here to answer your questions, and to help you create a personalized treatment plan!