Home Care Is Important Too

Seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings gets you off to a great start in the maintenance of your good oral health but it’s not enough. You also have to create and stick to a plan for home care that will include steps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. That prevention will require that you have certain supplies on hand.

A cosmetic mouthwash is fine for the temporary control of bad breath but a restorative one does that and more. An antibacterial mouthwash breaks up the plaque that can lead to gum disease. Add fluoride to the equation and you have the extra protection from tooth decay. Read the label to check for contents.

Most dental hygienists recommend using an electric toothbrush for better results but your toothbrush can’t take the place of flossing when it comes to removing the food particles that get stuck between your teeth. If you have trouble maneuvering the floss string your hygienist can suggest an appropriate alternative.

A home oral irrigator is similar to the one your dentist uses to flush out your mouth during his examination. It’s a good addition to your home tool case. A tongue scraper can be used to remove bacteria and keep your tastebuds healthy.

Dr. Kokel and the team at Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS are dedicated to providing a comfortable environment for the dental care of their patients. Call the office today @ 703-997-1313 in Leesburg, VA.