Elmhurst Dentist Reviews Simple Tips for Keeping A Healthy Smile

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 25, 2012

Elmhurst Dentist Reviews Simple Tips for Keeping A Healthy Smile

Our Elmhurst dental office is committed to helping patients of all ages enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for years to come. An important part of keeping a healthy smile is establishing good oral hygiene habits. Today we’re going to review some steps that patients should take to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Keep these guidelines in mind as you care for your smile, and pass these simple tips on to the whole family!


Diligent dental care begins with brushing and flossing twice everyday. When you brush and floss you minimize bacterial plaque build-up on the teeth and gums. If you don’t keep up with brushing and flossing you are more likely to suffer from cavities and gum disease.


Speaking of brushing, it’s important to take some time and pay attention to what kind of toothbrush you’re using.  Replace your toothbrush at least every two to three months—over time the bristles on your brushes will wear down and become less effective, and bacteria can accumulate in the brush.


Along with regular brushing and flossing, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash everyday. Mouthwashes can help eliminate bacteria in hard to reach places and between teeth.


Maintaining dental hygiene at home is important, but you still need to see a professional dentist every 6 months for a professional cleanings. Professional dental cleanings can help eliminate plaque, and bacterial calculus that is bonded to the dental enamel. Your professional cleanings also give your dentist a chance to assess your overall dental health.


These simple guidelines can put you on the path to good oral health and overall wellbeing. Use these recommendations as a template for your own dental hygiene routine. If you have any questions about family dentistry or preventing decay and cavities, give our Elmhurst dentists a call!