proper home oral care

What Should My Home Care Routine Look Like?

Many patients require a similar routine to protect their oral health: brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day. These two habits can help prevent a variety of dental issues. Some patients may have more to do, such as wearing their retainer overnight or using an oral irrigator.

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Electric toothbrushes clean better than manual toothbrushes. We also recommend soft or medium bristles over hard bristles since the soft bristles are less likely to irritate your gums and more likely to reach areas inaccessible to hard bristles.

Do I Need to Visit a Dentist If I’m Taking Care of My Teeth?

Even if you’re taking perfect care of your oral health, it is still important to regularly visit a dentist. Our tools can address plaque and tartar in ways that brushing and flossing can’t. Over time, this buildup can lead to a variety of oral health problems.

Do I Need to Visit a Specialist?

In an ideal world, a general dentist can handle most of your dental care needs. That said, there are specialists who have trained to master certain specialties. These specialties include:

  • Periodontists specialize in treating gum disease. They can help address gum recession and bone loss.

  • Endodontists specialize in treating dental pulp issues. Patients most commonly interact with these specialists when getting a root canal.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) can perform many kinds of procedures that involve the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck.

  • Prosthodontists formulate and execute treatment plans to construct corrective prostheses to restore proper function and esthetics of the mouth, face, and jaw.

  • Pediatric Dentists specialize in treating children. They have expertise regarding both a child’s development and psychology.

If you need a specialist, your general dentist can refer you.

When Should My Child Visit a Dentist for the First Time?

We recommend that your child visit the dentist for the first time within six months of their first tooth growing in.

It’s important to ensure that your child’s baby teeth are experiencing proper care. Even though adult teeth will grow later, baby teeth help hold the space that your adult teeth use to emerge. They also help your child eat and speak.