Cheat Sheet for Oral Health - Family Friendly Dentistry | Villago Family Dental | Casa Grande, AZ

shutterstock_165214298With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it can be hard to remember what to do to maintain your oral health. Have no fear! We here at Villago have a cheat sheet for oral health so you never forget what you have to do keep your smile sparkling clean and your mouth healthy.

Brushing Checklist

Brushing is one of the most important aspects that contribute to quality oral health. Quality brushing removes plaque and polishes your teeth to combat tooth decay and gum disease.

Brush Once in the Morning for Two Minutes [✓]

Brush Once in the Evening for Two Minutes [✓]

Brush following a sugary dessert or soda (Optional) [✓]

Flossing Checklist

Flossing is perhaps the most overlooked part of your daily homecare routine. For some reason, most people will stay diligent with their brushing but never unwind their spool of floss to get in between teeth and beneath the gums.  Lack of flossing is one of the biggest causes of gum disease.

Floss Once a Day, Every Day [✓]

Gently curve the floss around the base of every tooth and make sure to get beneath the gum line [✓]

Mouth Wash

Despite what you may think, mouth wash does more than just freshen your breath. Bacteria fighting mouth was can reduce bacteria caused by dental plaque and can even prevent gum disease. Some mouth wash contain fluoride which combat tooth decay.

Some products contain alcohol which should not be used by children under the age of 6 because they can swallow the rinse.  However, there are some mouth washes that do not contain alcohol that some dentists say are more effective than the alcohol rich versions. We recommend this tooth & gum tonic.

Swish the mouthwash for up to one minute [✓]

Do not eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after the rinse [✓]