Questions About Good Dental Hygiene

What’s the best way to keep my teeth clean?

In addition to professional dental cleanings at least twice a year, keeping your teeth clean also requires consistent care at home. Be sure to brush our teeth at least twice a day for about two minutes, and floss once for at least once minute. For optimal results, use antibacterial mouth rinse at least once a day to reduce bacterial plaque that causes gum disease and cavities.

What’s the best toothbrush to use?

Any manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and the ADA seal of approval should be effective. Soft bristles effectively remove plaque without harming your tooth enamel or gum tissues. Be sure to angle the brush’s bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, where bacteria like to accumulate.

What kind of toothpaste works best?

You have a wide variety of choices in toothpaste these days, and the one you choose should contain fluoride and have the ADA seal of approval, just as your toothbrush. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel to reduce your risk of cavities, offering enhanced protection against everyday foods that are acidic or high in sugar. If you experience tooth sensitivity, receding gums, dry mouth, or other concerns, then we may offer prescription toothpaste to address your specific concerns.

How do I pick the right floss?

Most dental floss brands are effective choices for removing bacterial plaque between your teeth. The key is to find one with a texture and thickness that you’re comfortable with, and to carefully slide the floss up and down between all of your teeth to ensure that they’re properly cleaned.

Should I use antiseptic mouth rinse?

Antiseptic mouth rinse offers valuable protection against the harmful oral bacteria that lead to gum disease and cavities. The most effective way to use it is to brush the rinse into your gums at the gum line so the rinse works its way into any pockets where bacteria can gather.

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A happy and healthy smile is always a combined effort between you and your dental team, and our goal is for everyone to have a happy, healthy smile for a lifetime! To schedule a consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. Conveniently located in Rochester, MN, our office also welcomes patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.

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