Home Care El Segundo CA

Home Care

Home Dental Care El Segundo, CA

At El Segundo Modern Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe prevention in dentistry is far better than trying to fix the problem later on. This is why home dental care is so important. We can certainly help you when you come visit our office (at least twice per year) for your regular dental checkups and cleanings.

However, the more you take care of your oral health at home, the better health your teeth will be in, and the less we will have to do at our El Segundo dental office. In this brief guide, we will show you the proper way to take care of your teeth at home.

Why Do We Recommend Home Dental Care?

Would you go for weeks and weeks without taking a shower or a bath? Of course not! Then why would you want to avoid brushing and flossing your teeth?

Daily oral hygiene is important for your overall health and well-being. By cleaning your teeth properly, your teeth will last longer, your gums will be healthier, and you’ll avoid complications from problems such as gum disease. You will also have a better-looking smile that smells fresh.

How Often Should Teeth Be Brushed and Flossed?

You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, and if you really want to get the gold star, then brush after each meal as well. You should floss your teeth at least once a day. But you can also floss twice a day as well. There is no need to floss after each meal unless you really want to.

Home Care Dentist El Segundo CA
Home Care El Segundo CA

How Do You Properly Brush Your Teeth?

First, get a soft bristle toothbrush. (Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months, by the way.) Keep the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and generate small circles with the brush. Try to spend at least 30 seconds on each quarter section of the mouth. When you are done brushing all your teeth, you can also brush your tongue (or use a tongue scraper) to remove bacteria from its surface.

Can You Over Brush Your Teeth?

Yes, you can brush your teeth too hard, resulting in damage to both the teeth and the gums. Note that brushing your teeth too hard is the problem with overbrushing, not brushing too frequently. You could brush your teeth just once a day, but if you are putting too much pressure on the toothbrush, that can still cause problems.

Conversely, you can brush your teeth more frequently, but if you are not brushing too hard, then your teeth should be fine.

When brushing the teeth, it is important to just have a gentle light pressure and let the bristles do the work. Don’t dig into the teeth with your toothbrush. It won’t clean your teeth more and it can cause problems, especially with the more fragile gum tissue.

How Do You Properly Floss Your Teeth?

Flossing is an excellent way to remove food debris from the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the teeth. You can get waxed dental floss if you like a smoother feel, and these days many types of floss are available for individual preferences.

Take about 12 to 16 inches of floss and wrap the ends around your fingers. You can also use a floss holder to make it easier on your hands. Take the floss and carefully go between teeth to remove debris. You may need to rinse the floss off as you go. Don’t dig too deep – remember, be gentle!

Want to Learn More About Oral Healthcare in El Segundo?

Contact El Segundo Modern Dentistry & Orthodontics today by calling (424) 277-2671, and our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions.


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