By Butt Family Dental Center
August 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   Brushing  

Keeping your smile healthy is an important part of keeping the rest of your body healthy as well. Dental issues related to tooth decay and gum disease have serious side effects which could affect more than just your mouth. Are you taking care of your smile the way you should be? Learn more about finding the best oral care routine for you and your mouth with help from your Carbondale, IL dentist at Butt BrushingFamily Dental Center, Dr. Mazhar Butt, DMD.

What should my at-home oral care routine consist of? 
Your at-home oral care routine is a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy. A strong oral care routine has three main parts:

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth at least two times a day for at least two minutes. To make this easier, split your mouth into quadrants and brush each one for at least 30 seconds. Use a soft-bristled brush and make gentle, circular motions on all areas of the teeth and oral tissues, including your tongue.
  • Flossing: Floss at least once daily. Use a separate strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria. Be sure to include the back side of your back molar in your flossing routine.
  • Seeing Your Dentist: Your dentist is the strongest tool you have to fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Commit to seeing your dentist at least twice a year. Since everyone is different, some people may need to see their dentist even more often. Dr. Butt can help you determine how often you should visit for regular examinations.

If you use mouthwash, be sure to swish it inside of your mouth for at least 30 seconds. Do not rinse your mouth with water after spitting out the mouthwash.

How do I know my mouth is healthy? 
A healthy smile should consist of several main factors. Your teeth should feel clean and slick, not “fuzzy”. If you experience unexplained bad breath, you could be suffering from tooth decay or gum disease. Your gums should appear pink and should not bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.

For more information on the best at-home oral care routine for you, please contact Dr. Mazhar Butt, DMD at Butt Family Dental Center in Carbondale, IL. Call (618) 457-2123 to schedule your regular dental examination and cleaning today!