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How does your oral health routine measure up?

John Bocchi

John Bocchi

We've all been told about the importance of oral health since we were young. But when you have to do something every day it's easy to get complacent.

Our Sierra Smiles Tahoe dental office is happy to share some reminders on maintaining a healthy smile.

Choose the Right Tools

Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Check. Floss? Check. Good to go, right? Well, not necessarily. Each person has unique needs and their dental tools should be selected accordingly.

Toothbrush: Unless your dentist tells you otherwise, pick a toothbrush with a medium-sized head for easier use. Soft bristles are usually recommended to avoid enamel or gum damage.

Toothpaste: Toothpaste needs vary from person to person with options for sensitive teeth, extra fresh breath, and increased enamel protection. Talk with your dentist to find what's right for you.

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Floss: Floss is necessary for everyone, but like toothpaste, there are a variety of types for different needs. Teeth that are tighter and closer together need a floss that's easy to slide in between them. These people should choose a waxed floss. If your teeth are not super tight, regular floss works well.

Use Them the Right Way

Brushing often enough, long enough, and correctly is crucial. Take two minutes twice a day and gently scrub teeth in small circles. Make sure you're removing particles between teeth by flossing once a day between each tooth.

Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months

Visits to Sierra Smiles Tahoe every six months get you a deep cleaning, and a check for cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. It's also a good time to talk about any cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, or veneers you're interested in.

Don't avoid the dentist, schedule an appointment at our office today!

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