Home Care

Like charity, good oral health begins at home. While regular dental exams and cleanings are essential, they only serve to enhance what you have started at home. Here at the dental practice of Byron L. Carr, DMD, we encourage all our patients to pay keen attention to their home care.

Taking excellent care of your teeth will help your teeth to last longer and allow you to avoid common dental problems. Cavities, bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss, and expensive dental restoration procedures can all be prevented if you are conscientious about your dental hygiene.

During your appointments, our dentist in Hemet and Temecula, CA, will highlight critical areas that you should work on. For instance, our dentist can tell if you’re a tooth grinder and share techniques and management tips that you can apply to prevent the same. If you’re a regular brusher and are showing signs of bad breath, our dentist can investigate the problem and determine whether you’re missing some spots or have an underlying problem. That’s why it’s beneficial to schedule regular visits with a dental professional, even if everything looks fine on the surface.

Brushing and Flossing Tips for Perfectly Healthy Teeth

It may seem like the most natural and simplest thing to do, but many people don’t know how to brush their teeth correctly. Isn’t it just moving your brush across the teeth, you ask? The truth is, improper brushing techniques can do more harm than good. As far as brushing and flossing, there is a right and wrong way.

Here are some tips to remember when brushing and flossing at home:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which should be replaced every three to four months or sooner if the bristles fray.
  • Aim your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in relation to your gums.
  • Brush your teeth in a gentle circular motion. For the chewing surfaces of the teeth, move the toothbrush back and forth. Remember to clean your tongue too.
  • Brush your teeth two times a day, in the morning and before you sleep, and spend at least two minutes for each of these sessions.
  • Floss your teeth once a day, and don’t forget the back teeth as well.

If you’re struggling with the brushing and flossing techniques, our dentist can demonstrate the same during your visit. Always be open to sharing any concerns that may be impeding your home care efforts. We’re happy to help you overcome these worries and move closer to achieving excellent oral health.

Everyday Habits That Can Compromise Oral Health

Often, it’s the seemingly harmless habits that are most detrimental to an individual’s oral health. You probably already know that indulging in sweets and sugary treats can hurt your teeth, but did you know that biting or grinding your teeth can also compromise your oral well-being? Here are other everyday habits that can harm your oral health:

  • Thumb-sucking, especially in young children, can cause teeth misalignment.
  • Crunching ice with your teeth. It may seem fun and cooling at the moment, but it weakens your teeth.
  • Using your teeth as improvised tools, for example, to open bottles or bite through packages.

If you’d like to learn more home care tips, contact the dental offices of Byron L. Carr, DMD, to book a consultation.

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