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How should I care for my smile at home?

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Taking care of your smile at home is both simple and essential. Forming good dental hygiene habits establishes a good foundation that will help you keep your smile healthy for life. Good dental hygiene includes:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice every day or after each meal. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, as hard bristled toothbrushes can be damaging to your teeth and gums. We recommend an electric toothbrush for more thorough plaque removal on your teeth.
  • Clean between your teeth everyday. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles from areas your toothbrush cannot reach. A waterpik is also a great option for cleaning these hard to reach areas.
  • Maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Avoiding foods that are very starchy, sugary or acidic can help to keep your smile in good health. We recommend following the Weston Price diet guidelines

Following these basic steps can help to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease (gum disease), and other dental problems.

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How can I prevent cavities?

While some people’s teeth are simply more prone to tooth decay than others, maintaining good dental hygiene as outlined above can greatly aid in preventing cavities. To learn more about home care and dental hygiene in Indianapolis, Indiana, we welcome you to contact us at Premier Dental Care. Our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Marla Wilson, will be happy to help you learn how to better care for your smile!